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I’m an in-home hospice volunteer, and I was just informed that the hospice patient I had been with for the last 2 months has passed away. I had noticed a sudden decline in his health over the last few weeks so I knew it was coming, but it’s still a kick in the gut. This is the first patient I’ve been with more than a couple of weeks to have died.

I didn’t get to know the patient that well because he was only up for talking the first 2 visits, but I got to know his caregiver, her grandson and their little doggie. I’m going to miss them.