I didn’t know that I would be part of BELhospice while I was signing in to PULSE (GSK Volunteering Program). Before travelling to Serbia I attended orientation, I had conversations with BELhospice colleagues but it was a bit intimidating and I was really confused that why people should give money for dying people rather than people to live.
After meeting BELhospice, I realized that there is a professional team of 12 individuals serving in medico-psychosocial and fundraising capacity for the organization those trained about 100 volunteers from all-over Belgrade out of which many are active and working together to provide palliative care services to terminally ill cancer patients. I knew the miseries of cancer patients but to help patients free of charge even after they don’t have further hope to live was totally new for me. The concept of giving dignity in the last days of life of someone`s life is not only a kind and heavenly thing but It gives the true feeling of respect for the people that made me totally sold to the them.
I’ll never forget that comment by a customer whom I informed about my traveling as a volunteer and he just said that “you tend to regret your past your job sometimes, you may regret your marriage if you do, you may think it was your mistake to join this profession but trust me you won`t ever regret your time that you would spend there while volunteering. But remember go with the open heart and just do something that you could proud in rest of your life, what you did in these six months.”
From day one, I trust me & my assignment is in good hands. Truly, there was a lot of eyebrow-raising for me on the first visit to patient who made drink for us while she is a terminally ill patient and I become the witness of the immaculate services of BELhospice team that lead me to show more zeal towards this organization till rest of the days.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”