I have had the privilege of volunteering with http://www.thetwilightbrigade.com/
, visiting patients in the Hospice unit of the VA hospital here in Spokane, WA. Although the story in the CBS video doesn't appear to be connected with Dannion's group, it has the same motto, that no one die alone. It is indeed heart- wrenching to witness how many patients simply do not have any loved ones near by. Some patients refuse to be seen by Hospice volunteers
The art of music thanatology is represented in that video as well, with the harp player. Therese Schroeder-Sheker is one that I became aware of: http://www.windovertheearth.com/Msheker.html
Absolutely fascinating, and makes me wish I was a musician.
While the volunteering is an honor, it is difficult. I have the highest respect for those who continue to offer themselves in any way to this end. In the case of The Twilight Brigade, there is a required training to complete beforehand. It is likely that all groups require it.
Thank you, Lynn, for the link to this video. I encourage you to follow your heart and volunteer in this manner. Your being a nurse would likely make it easier for you, as you are already familiar with the issues at hand in the end-of-live scenario.