Meet A Hospice Volunteer: Kathy Kouzmanoff

| By Meredith Ford

We did a quick Q&A with one of our hospice volunteers. Volunteers are integral to the hospice care team because they can provide some much-needed companionship to a hospice patient and respite time for the patient’s caregiver.

Q: What led you to volunteer for a hospice organization?

A: After several years of consideration on how to best spend my volunteer time, it seemed that hospice companionship work would best use my talents of spiritual maturity, deep listening, and the unconditional acceptance of a warm heart. I have a particularly strong ability to let people have their own frame of reference and simply be with or mirror their experience, trusting their creative spirit to provide what is needed to make them whole.

Q: What are your volunteer responsibilities?

A: As a volunteer, my responsibilities are an initial five weeks of training, availability for companion assignments at Casa de la Luz, and being with my person once a week for about two hours.

Q: In your opinion, what value does hospice bring to healthcare?

A: Hospice brings the value of support to both the patient and family at the time of dying, honoring dying as a new horizon in life experience, with more freedom to meet human needs than the conventional medical model.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Inner life practices, writing, photography, travel, nature, cooking and conversation

Q: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Be a movie star like Marilyn Monroe, marry my grade school boyfriend, or be a nun.

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Casa de la Luz, please visit our Volunteer page or call us at (520) 544-9890. We have opportunities for volunteers in Tucson and part of Pinal County, from Saddlebrooke up to Mammoth. 

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