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No One Dies Alone program celebrates its five-year anniversary

The No One Dies Alone program (NODA) at Providence St. Peter Hospital will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in July 2014. The NODA program is made up of community members, as well as many Providence employees, who give their personal time to become a compassionate companion to dying patients on their end-of-life journey. Frankie Shepherd, program coordinator for No One Dies Alone says, “Our compassionate companions provide a comforting presence to the patient under the guidance of the patient’s nurse, but they do not provide medical care.”

One grateful family expressed their deep gratitude and shared that because of the services provided during their mother’s passing, “it allowed us to better emotionally and physically handle her transition.”

Funding for the program has been provided through generous donations to Providence St. Peter Foundation. “Donations to the No One Dies Alone program,” says Peter Brennan, Foundation Executive Director, “are a testament to the value and need of the program. Many family members have expressed their gratitude and continue to give, long after the passing of their loved one.”

Another grateful family thanked those that volunteer their time, “for their expression of life’s grace in caring for our mother.” The family continues, “All of us are touched and impressed by the dedication, compassion, and respect of the volunteers at Mom’s bedside during times we couldn’t be.” Since NODA’s inception in 2009, NODA compassionate companions have sat vigil with 278 dying patients either as relief for family members or for patients dying alone. 

Shepherd says, “The program also allows vigils with patients at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center and will be working with Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice to sit vigil with some hospice patients.”