Support group trains 100th volunteer
Life’s Door-Tishkofet trains volunteers to give emotional support to patients with terminal illnesses.
President Peres grants Prof. Ben Corn Presidential Award for Volunteerism 2011. Photo: Courtesy Tishkofet
The voluntary organization Life’s Door-Tishkofet has just trained its 100th
volunteer to give emotional support to patients with very serious or terminal
diseases and their families.
The organization’s 100th volunteer was
Chana, who herself cared for a terminally ill spouse and, after being helped to
get stronger emotionally and spiritually by Life’s Door support groups and counseling, joined the organization to help others like herself. She underwent
a 36-hour training program to prepare for the job.
organization’s Vayelech Moshe – Shared Journey Spiritual Care Volunteer Training
Program prepares graduates to accompany and support terminally ill patients at
the very end of their lives. Volunteers work in hospitals, nursing homes and
private residences and have professional supervision.
was established by Prof. Ben Corn, a leading oncologist at Tel Aviv Sourasky
Medical Center whose father died from cancer at age of 52, and is run with his
wife Dvora (Phyllis) Corn, a therapist who personally counsels families. Corn is
a monthly columnist and weekly blogger for The Jerusalem Post.
the organization will be holding its annual gala dinner, where it will confer
its Health Awareness for the Public and Community Award on Jerusalem Post health
and science editor Judy Siegel- Itzkovich.