Sue Laughlin has been named Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for the Brookfield-Newtown office of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice. In her new role, Ms. Laughlin will be responsible for recruiting, screening and training hospice volunteers from within the community and connecting them with hospice patients and their families.
Prior to this position, Ms. Laughlin was a Masonicare hospice volunteer herself, and a 2013 recipient of the Dedicated to Outstanding Volunteer Excellence (D.O.V.E.) Award.
“There is always a need for hospice volunteers and I look forward to increasing awareness about this important program,” stated Ms. Laughlin. “Sharing time with a hospice patient is not a sad or depressing interaction but rather something that is very gratifying for volunteers because they know they’re helping to provide comfort and peace to someone preparing for the next part of their journey.” Ms. Laughlin received a B.S. degree in Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Brookfield with their two daughters.
This fall, Ms. Laughlin will present a training course in Newtown for the greater Danbury- Newtown-Southbury areas. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and there is no cost to participate. Once training is completed, volunteers set their own time-schedule and receive on-going support and training from a multi-disciplinary hospice team that includes hospice nurses, social workers, and spiritual and bereavement counselors. For more information, please contact Sue Laughlin at 203-775-0675.