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Visit the SONG TANG Hospice in Beijing to meet with elderly and terminally ill
WELCOME to the Song Tang Hospice Volunteer Group! ABOUT the Hospice Founded in 1987 as the first hospice in China, Songtang Hospice 松堂关怀医院 http://stghyy.com is dedicated to palliative care of the terminally ill. Here is some media coverage of the hospice: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/-csayMzrdODA89YuTghZaw (CGTN report) http://www.sohu.com/a/161170516_653605 (TV interview - in Chinese - with its founder) http://www.bjreview.com.cn/nation/txt/2014-05/26/content_620758_2.htm http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-03/29/content_12240782.htm https://www.pri.org/stories/2010-11-15/china-death-taboo-its-way-out ABOUT the Song Tang Hospice Volunteer Group We organize trips to visit the hospice every four weeks or so, to meet with and care for the patients there. Our visits typically last for around 2 hours (2:30-4:30pm). We would usually bring some fruits that are easy to chew for the patients. We'd appreciate participants to share the fruit cost but it’s not compulsory. Some patients still have cognitive abilities and are happy to chat with us, while others are unable to speak but are aware of their surroundings. These patients just require a kind presence to sit with them and provide them with some much needed physical contact (e.g. holding their hand, brushing their hair, etc.). So, there are many ways you can help even if you can't speak Chinese or are not a very talkative person. BEFORE YOU GO As the patients are vulnerable to transmissible diseases, it is strongly advised that volunteers make sure they are healthy (from a flu, for instance) before their visits. We expect all participants signed up for this meetup to show up, so please SIGN UP ONLY IF you are actually attending; and please be kind enough to CANCEL ATTENDANCE if you change your mind. Thanks. CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS Alex Yu Delaney (in Chinese & English):[masked] / WeChat: alexshootgoal Robert (in English):[masked]/ WeChat: b[masked] HOW TO GET THERE Do NOT follow the automated Google map location on meetup – it is not accurate. Follow the address at No.268 Guanzhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing (北京市朝阳区管庄268号) between Shuangqiao 双桥 and Guanzhuang 管庄 subway stations. Again, the hospice name in Chinese is 松堂关怀医院 If by subway: Ride Line 1 to Sihui 四惠 or Sihui East四惠东 (either station works) for a transfer to Batong Line 八通线 (an extension to Line 1, travelling eastwards), before getting off at Shuangqiao 双桥. Take exit B. When you walk out of the exit, you will be directly under Shuangqiao bridge. From here, take an immediate right, cross the road, then take a right again (so you should be facing east at this point). Walk straight along the main road (going eastward) until you come to a footbridge (about 900 metres down the road), next to the footbridge, you will see a large red metal gate on your left. This is the hospice entrance where we meet. AFTER YOU GO Volunteers are encouraged to share their experiences, ideas and suggestions for this group, so that we can improve our organization for future visits and our contribution to the hospice. For that purpose, we have a WeChat group. DONATIONS As some of the patients (and their families) and the hospice itself are struggling with financial difficulties, donations of money and second-hand items (usable clothes, bedding, books...etc.) are welcome. You can either bring it when you visit the hospice, or post it directly (please do NOT post any cash). Please write or print the following contact details on your package: 请寄:北京市朝阳区管庄268号 北京松堂关怀医院 贾玲(收) 电话:[masked] GO ON YOUR OWN The hospice welcomes group and individual volunteers almost all year around, so anyone can go on their own, if the schedules of this group meetup are not suitable for you. Just inform the organizers of your visits. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the organizers - we are delighted to help and support your visit, above all, we want to say THANK YOU! BENEFITS of becoming a hospice volunteer (To be continued at our group main portal - About us - Read more)

Beijing SONG TANG Hospital

北京市朝阳区管庄268号 · Beijing

Respond by: 10/7/2018

What we're about

WELCOME to the Song Tang Hospice Volunteer Group!

ABOUT the Hospice

Founded in 1987 as the first hospice in China, Songtang Hospice 松堂关怀医院 http://stghyy.com is dedicated to palliative care of the terminally ill. Here is some media coverage of the hospice:

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/-csayMzrdODA89YuTghZaw (CGTN report)

http://www.sohu.com/a/161170516_653605 (TV interview - in Chinese - with its founder)

http://www.bjreview.com.cn/nation/txt/2014-05/26/content_620758_2.htm

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-03/29/content_12240782.htm

https://www.pri.org/stories/2010-11-15/china-death-taboo-its-way-out

We organize trips to visit the hospice every four weeks or so (not necessarily the first Sunday of each month!), to meet with and care for the patients there. Our visits typically last for around 2 hours (2:30-4:30pm). Some patients still have cognitive abilities and are happy to chat with us, while others are unable to speak but are aware of their surroundings. These patients just require a kind presence to sit with them and provide them with some much needed physical contact (e.g. holding their hand, brushing their hair, etc.). So, there are many ways you can help even if you can't speak Chinese or are not a very talkative person.

BEFORE YOU GO

As the patients are vulnerable to transmissible diseases, it is strongly advised that volunteers make sure they are healthy (from a flu, for instance) before their visits. We expect all participants signed up for this meetup to show up, so please SIGN UP ONLY IF you are actually attending; and please be kind enough to CANCEL ATTENDANCE if you change your mind. Thanks.

CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS

Alex Yu Delaney (in Chinese & English): 18623023514 / WeChat: alexshootgoal

Robert (in English): 18522740961 / WeChat: b12462427543

HOW TO GET THERE

Do NOT follow the automated Google map location on meetup – it is not accurate. Follow the address at No.268 Guanzhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing (北京市朝阳区管庄268号) between Shuangqiao 双桥 and Guanzhuang 管庄 subway stations. Again, the hospice name in Chinese is 松堂关怀医院

If by subway:

Ride Line 1 to Sihui 四惠 or Sihui East 四惠东 (either station works) for a transfer to Batong Line 八通线 (an extension to Line 1, travelling eastwards), before getting off at Shuangqiao 双桥. Take exit B. When you walk out of the exit, you will be directly under Shuangqiao bridge. From here, take an immediate right, cross the road, then take a right again (so you should be facing east at this point). Walk straight along the main road (going eastward) until you come to a footbridge (about 900 metres down the road), next to the footbridge, you will see a large red metal gate on your left. This is the hospice entrance where we meet.

AFTER YOU GO

Volunteers are encouraged to share their experiences, ideas and suggestions for this group, so that we can improve our organization for future visits and our contribution to the hospice. For that purpose, we have a WeChat group.

DONATIONS

As some of the patients (and their families) and the hospice itself are struggling with financial difficulties, donations of money and second-hand items (usable clothes, bedding, books...etc.) are welcome. You can either bring it when you visit the hospice, or post it directly (please do NOT post any cash). Please write or print the following on your package:

请寄:北京市朝阳区管庄268号 北京松堂关怀医院 贾玲(收) 电话: 183 1047 0433

GO ON YOUR OWN

The hospice welcomes group and individual volunteers almost all year around, so anyone can go on their own, if the schedules of this group meetup are not suitable for you. Just inform the organizer(s) before your visits. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the organizers - we are delighted to help and support your visit, above all, we want to say THANK YOU!

BENEFITS of becoming a hospice volunteer

A number of people have expressed anxiety over working with the elderly and terminally ill before joining this group, which is completely understandable. It can be overwhelming and a bit scary for people sometimes to be involved with this type of work, but many volunteers also reported finding hospice work personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at such a critical point in their lives. Personally, I feel hospice work is not about dying, but about living. Below is some information from the Hospice Volunteer Association regarding the benefits many of their volunteers have reported after participating in this kind of work: Hospice volunteers say that being intimately involved with another person's death gives them a greater appreciation for life. Some say it makes them more grateful and less susceptible to getting ruffled over life's smaller hassles such as long lines and traffic jams.

Hospice volunteers report having a deep sense of satisfaction in being there for someone during a scary time of life. They feel like they are making a significant contribution to the community and providing a service they hope others would offer to them, were they in need.

Some hospice volunteers say it helps them come to terms with their own mortality and promotes emotional and spiritual growth. Others appreciate the closeness they develop with the patients and the opportunity to witness what is typically a very private moment. Providing hospice care can also help the volunteers learn how to deal with similar situations occurring in their own lives when a beloved family member or friend is facing death.

Like those who volunteer for other causes, hospice volunteers say they feel like they're making a difference and doing so is very fulfilling, giving added purpose to their lives. Moreover, helping people through the dying process keeps the volunteers focused on what's really important in their own lives.

Some become volunteers after watching their spouses, siblings or close friends die and want to honor them by providing this service. But no matter the reason that draws volunteers to hospice work, they all say it helps keep life in perspective.

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