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Danbury Hospital Offers Compassionate Witness Training for its ‘No One Dies Alone’ Spiritual Care Program

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital will continue a volunteer program that started last year called No One Dies Alone. In five evening sessions beginning Thursday, September 26th, the Department of Spiritual Care, the Palliative Care Program and the Department of Volunteer Services at Danbury Hospital will offer special training to prepare people to be a volunteer Compassionate Witness for those patients who are reaching the end of their time. This volunteer project seeks to provide compassionate companionship for patients who are actively dying and have no family or friends, or, at least, have no one close by to be with them during the last days and hours.

"We want to bring a sense of comfort when no one else is there for the person. Out of whichever faith tradition our volunteers may bring, there is a universal sense of connection that they offer," said Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman, Director of Spiritual Care.

"One of the saddest things that we sometimes see at the hospital is when someone dies with no one who cares there," says Barry Boriss, Volunteer Coordinator for this important program at Danbury Hospital.

Once the new volunteers have been screened and trained they will be integrated with the volunteers who were trained last year. Cost of the training is $50, and attendance at all five sessions is mandatory. Deadline for application is September 20. Also, the number of spaces for this very specialized training is limited.

For more information and to register for the Compassionate Witness program, please contact the Department of Spiritual Care at Danbury Hospital for more information 203-739-7885.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation's fundraising campaign - Imagine Build Transform - is focusing on raising funds for a new Patient Tower, an expanded Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation, and an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital; as well as the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Network's cutting edge Biomedical Research Institute.

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