No One Dies Alone – A Volunteer Course at Assisi Hospice

No One Dies Alone (NODA)

Message from Jaki Fisher – co-founder of ACI. I am working with Assisi Hospice in Singapore to set up a trial of a programme called No One Dies Alone (NODA). This programme has been established in many hospitals across the US, and has been very successful there.

It was started by a nurse called Sandra Clarke who wanted to ensure that people who did not have family, had a companion with them during the final hours of their lives (if they wanted this). You can read more about the programme here. 
and here.

The way NODA works is that when a dying person person without family enters what’s called the ‘active’ phase of dying and perhaps has only a day or so to live, NODA volunteers are activated and rostered to provide constant companionship for the dying person. Volunteers are trained to know what to do, but mostly being a volunteer involves a lot of mindful sitting, holding a hand, creating a calm, supportive atmosphere and just being present with the person.

Assisi Hospice is going to adapt the programme slightly to address the needs of local people, and we are in the process of working this out.

The hospice also requires that all NODA volunteers also be Assisi hospice volunteers. So, if you feel interested in being part of the project, you will need to do the initial hospice training which takes two Saturdays and then commit to do 4 hours’ a week of volunteering at the hospice for the next six months. So I realise that that’s quite a bit of a commitment but there are lots of ways to volunteer, including helping with art therapy!

The next Assisi volunteer training is on Saturday 22 & 29 March from 9.30am-5.30pm. There will also be additional NODA volunteer training. The NODA project will be launched in July, so there’s still some time to decide if you would like to be part of it.

I truly believe that this is an amazing opportunity to really be there for another person at arguably the most important time in our lives. If you have any interest in this at all, please email or call me and I can tell you all that I know about it :)  jaki fisher – lobsangchopel@yahoo.com Also, feel free to forward this to anyone whom you think might be interested in this.

Please contact the volunteer coordinator –  Yu Chin Hui – yu_ch@assisihospice.org.sg if you’d like to do the training in March. More on Assisi Hospice can be found here