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This was probably my favorite part of my entire project. Part of that stemmed from the fact that I knew that I was doing something good for my community. 

A lot of people aren’t familiar with the Hospice Movement, so I will explain it to you a little bit. The Hospice Movement has been evolving ever since the 11th century, but the first modern Hospice Home was created in the 1940’s by Dr. Dame Cicely Saunders. The entire premise of Hospice is to give palliative care to the terminally ill. So essentially, the people who work for Hospice are there to help alleviate and prevent some of the suffering from the patients by making them as comfortable as possible. Not only do Hospitals have Hospice wings, there are Hospice Homes, and there are also services that allow the terminally ill to pass away in their own homes. It sounds really morbid, but what they are doing is a really great thing.

I have personal experience with Hospice because it was a service that my family utilized during the passing of my Father. The workers are there not only for the patient, but for the family as well. Without Hospice, a lot of families would have an even harder time dealing with the loss of their loved one.

Earlier this year, I was talking to Mrs. Burr about my Senior Project. She suggested working at the Hospice Home, and I entertained the idea for quite a while. Eventually, I decided that it wasn’t the best route for me. I told her, however, that I would still love to do something with the Hospice Home.

When I came up with the idea for doing a baking blog, I told Mrs. Burr what I would like to bake something for the Hospice Home if at all possible. She contacted her friend, Janet Herman, who was a volunteer at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, not to far from the school. 

Janet said that she would allow me to come into the home and bake in the kitchen there. Due to policies, I couldn’t bake things at my house to bring in.

I measured all of my ingredients out before I went in there. This helped me get things done a lot quicker, and I also didn’t have to bring entire bags of flour and sugar all the way to Dobson.

Another policy of the Hospice Home is that you have to wrap everything up after you bake them. So we took the cookies and individually wrapped them after we were done.

I went there on Wednesday of this week, and made 2 batches of sugar cookies and one batch of brownies for the family waiting room. As I was baking, families were drifting in and out, commenting on how good everything smelled. One thing that Janet mentioned to me was how it was comforting to the patients to smell the smell of homemade baked goods.

Janet was one of the greatest people that I’ve met. She was so funny, and she had no qualms with telling people her opinion. Most of the time, it takes me a while to get used to new people, but Janet seemed really familiar even though I knew that I had never met her.

I am extremely thankful for this experience, and I plan on going back to do some more things with the home. I mentioned to Janet that I would like for Student Council to make some Easter-treats or crafts for the Hospice Home. We are currently in the process of coming up with ideas, but I think that a lot of people can benefit from seeing the good that the Hospice Home does.


Time Spent ~ 3.5 hours.


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