SEATTLE — When a person is at the end of their life they don't always have loved ones to be with- it's just a fact. But the pull of personal connection is strong, and the need for touch is even stronger. No One Dies Alone (NODA) is an organization which makes sure patients have company in their final hours. Volunteer Ann Patnaude and Director of the Department of Spiritual Care at Harborview Medical Center Jill Rasmussen-Baker join New Day Northwest to talk about their important work.
Volunteers with NODA undergo training in the Harborview's Spiritual Care, Volunteer Services and Clinical Education departments before they participate. A patients care in their final hours depends upon their spiritual practice, and volunteers may display pictures of things the patients like or play music they enjoy, or simply hold their hand. No matter how NODA makes sure the patients know they aren't alone.