At Piasecki Funeral Home, we’re proud to spotlight our team members who go above and beyond in their dedication to serving families and our community. Funeral Director Assistant Paul Pereira’s journey to becoming a Hospice Alliance volunteer exemplifies his commitment to expanding his reach and ability to serve individuals and families during their times of greatest need

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A Calling to Serve: Discovering Hospice Alliance

Paul’s journey began last year when he attended the Annual Hospice Alliance Gala at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, as a guest of the Piasecki Funeral Home team. Initially unfamiliar with Hospice Alliance of Kenosha, Paul quickly became intrigued by the array of services they provide to the community. This curiosity led him to meet with Beth Dillon, Volunteer Supervisor, where he expressed his interest in becoming a music and spiritual volunteer.

To become a certified volunteer, Paul completed an online learning program for Hospice Alliance. The training covered topics including:

  • Understanding Pain in Palliative Care
  • Cultural Competence and Humility in Palliative Care
  • The Impact of Grief
  • Basics of Workplace Safety
  • Protecting Patient Rights in Hospice
  • Preventing, Recognizing, and Reporting Abuse
  • Palliative Care and Ethics
  • Orientation to Hospice Care
  • Infection Control
  • HIPPA Basics
  • Continuity of Care in Palliative Care

This comprehensive training equipped Paul with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the best support possible, making his time with patients a truly humbling and valuable experience.

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When asked why he chose to volunteer, Paul cites his compassion towards the sick and a strong desire to engage within the community, dedicating time to patients in need. His background and the path that led him to Piasecki Funeral Home began on June 28th, 2022, even before joining the Hospice Alliance.

In his role as a spiritual volunteer, Paul is attentive to the needs and preferences of each patient. He coordinates with nurses before entering a patient’s room, respecting those who prefer solitude. For those open to his visit, Paul introduces himself and offers various forms of spiritual support, including prayer, reading Bible verses, or saying the Rosary, tailored to each patient’s request.

Paul’s involvement extends beyond individual patient care to participating in community events. His journey with Piasecki Funeral Home and the Hospice Alliance is a testament to the power of compassion and dedication in making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need.

We are here to help you through the process for your end-of-life care.

Ron Nelson is our preplanning expert ready to help you when you are.

Give Ron a call at 262-658-4101 or email Ron at [email protected]