First Person

Tales of a Volunteer

Cittamani is a Buddhist organisation formed to meet the needs of people dying in their homes. It is not income-assessed. Nurses’ and volunteers’ regular visits enable most people to die in familiar surroundings near people they love—not in a hospital or nursing home bed. Not in a “broom cupboard”, as my mother described my father’s hospital room. If it be not now, yet it will come …             —Shakespeare, Hamlet Non-medical trained volunteers “sit” in homes so the carer can have a much-needed break: shop, go to a movie, drink coffee with friends. This small space of freedom, to one…

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