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Meet Karen Phillips

Karen Phillipe, Mount Evans Volunteer

My mother was on hospice the last two months of her life. After observing the kind and loving care she received from the hospice team, I decided to give back to others by volunteering for Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. I have been volunteering for Mount Evans for nineteen years!

I started volunteering with patients by providing respite and companion visits at Life Care Center of Evergreen and in private homes from Bailey to Empire. I soon began making angels and helping with other fundraising events. Most recently, I have sat vigil with patients who were dying. The experiences have all been so rewarding. Not always easy, but extremely rewarding.

The opportunities that I have had visiting patients, listening to their stories, playing games, singing songs, reading to them, sitting with them and holding their hands has greatly enriched my life. I have also gained valuable knowledge that has helped me in my volunteer work by attending seminars and meetings, and by reading various books on Alzheimer’s, the grief process, and death and dying.

My hope is that I have made a difference in the lives of the patients and caregivers that I have been privileged to visit. It’s such an honor to be able to help these families at such a difficult time. I feel strongly that a friendly smile, a warm hug, and a joyful greeting can brighten someone’s day, especially at the end of life. It’s amazing how it brightens my day to reach out to other people.

I feel blessed to be a Mount Evans volunteer. I plan to continue volunteering as long as I am able. I truly believe it keeps me young!