IAMA hospice volunteer sitting a vigil for a dying stranger. AMA!
Aloha Reddit! I'm a volunteer with a hospice program, and I'm currently at the hospital for a woman who is actively passing away. Hospice provides families with the comforting knowledge that their family member won't die alone. Or, for people with no family, we are there to be their sole comfort.
The twist - while I was sitting my vigil, I learned my friend was dying of liver failure in the ICU down the hall. So another volunteer came to relieve me, and now I'm sitting with my friend, wondering if the shots we knocked back helped kill him.
When he passes, I'll go back to relieve the other hospice volunteer and stay with the woman until she expires.
Ask me about hospice, drinking too much, the cute nurse, my dog, what death looks like, etc etc etc.