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Cherishing moments and appreciating the daily gifts in life are so much of what makes life worth living. The final moments of life are no exception and may be the most valuable of all. Being a part of the last chapter of one's life with family, friends, patients, and even pets is meaningful, honorable and powerful. I have learned through volunteering for Hospice and the grief-counseling of children how to let go of and strengthen bonds at the end of a journey. Here, I am sharing some of those cries, laughs and all in between that has changed my own life in ways small and great.
Noble Gentry is not your typical hospice volunteer. He is a middle-aged, bald man, and a blue-collar worker that rides a motorcycle. He works hard, gives maximum efforts, wastes nothing, and loves his family. In the five years he was a volunteer, he was nominated for Volunteer of the Year and came in runner up. He has always tried to give as much or more than received. His experience with care comes from great parents, a diverse group of patients, and exceptional mentors. Before hospice, Noble was a Big Brother to an awesome kid in tough times. He also became a foster parent to three young siblings for just over a year. He believes that there can be positive moments in sad times, and it's important to be the source of good in the world each day.