Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is offering a training workshop for persons interested in volunteering for its Legacy program. This program gives hospice patients the chance to tell their life stories to a volunteer who will then write and print the stories in a book format.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is offering a training workshop for persons interested in volunteering for its Legacy program. This program gives hospice patients the chance to tell their life stories to a volunteer who will then write and print the stories in a book format.

“A life review is a very important psychological task, particularly at end-of-life,” said Barb Samuelson, Volunteer Coordinator for Home Hospice. “The Legacy program allows the patient to reflect upon their life, to acknowledge triumphs and failures, to find order and meaning, and then to move on to share the most important and precious parts of their life with their family by creating their very own family heirloom of legacy and heritage.”

The free, three-part training session will be presented by Samuelson. Trainees will learn interview and writing techniques, editing and revision, as well as basic Home Hospice philosophy of care. The training is scheduled for Feb. 4, 6, and 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be located at the Home Hospice office, 505 W. Center Street, in Sherman. Volunteers for the Legacy program are asked to be a minimum of one year out from any loss experience of an immediate family member or loved one. This allows time to heal.

“It was very much appreciated,” said Mary Ann Hess, speaking of the work the volunteer did to write her husband’s legacy. “When I get lonely, I take it out and read it.”

“It is truly a privilege to hear and write the patients’ unique and amazing stories in the Legacy Project,” said Ryan Stone, Home Hospice Legacy Volunteer. “To have the ability to provide this special gift for the patients is an awesome and fulfilling experience.”

Registration is requested by Jan. 28 so that adequate materials may be provided. To register or to ask for more information, please contact Barb Samuelson at 903.868.9315 or send an email to barb.samuelson@homehospice.org. To learn about other ways to volunteer with Home Hospice, visit www.homehospice.org.