At Hospice of the Red River Valley, we’re fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. We celebrate their contributions to the organization and the ways they enrich our patients’ lives.
Volunteer: Lucy Fitzgerald
Location: Moorhead, MN
Volunteering since: 2006
Why do you choose to volunteer for Hospice of the Red River Valley?
I love volunteering for Hospice of the Red River Valley. Everyone is so nice. I volunteer at the reception desk in the Fargo office, and in the past I have gone on patient visits.
What was your most rewarding experience as a Hospice volunteer?
I was matched with a male patient and was a little nervous about what we would have in common. When visiting for the first time, we found that we both come from a farming background, and we talked nonstop for an hour and half. When I left that day, I promised him that I would be back. I received a call a few days later informing me that the patient was unresponsive and declining, and he did not have much time left. I visited the patient as soon as I could. When he heard my voice, he squeezed my hand. He died shortly after my visit. I will never forget that patient and the importance of doing what you say you will do.
What are your hobbies?
Knitting and volunteering at my church.