Volunteer recognized at Light Up a Life ceremony

Continuing a tradition of recognizing the volunteers who make many things possible, Pioneer Memorial Hospital Hospice surprised Bev Arrasmith at their annual Light Up a Life celebration 2001.
   Arrasmith is the first recipient of the organization's "Heart of Gold" award. "This is the first time we've ever done this award," states program coordinator Carol Parker. "And it's fitting for us to recognize Bev. She's been an integral part of our program since its beginnings, even before Hospice became a part of PMH."
   Parker explained that Arrasmith is the volunteer she can rely on for difficult situations. "She's the one I can count on to pull an overnighter, and she is just a jewel. Generally, within only a few minutes, she has established a connection with the family she is working with, and they feel as though they have found a new friend."
   "I was absolutely surprised," smiles Arrasmith referring to the award. She has been involved with hospice programs for a total of 19 years, beginning with a program in Casper, Wyo., and continuing with one in Montrose, Colo.
   Arrasmith indicated that she believes the families involved with the local hospice program are better served than what she experienced in Colorado, which is a volunteer based hospice. Since the local hospice is a medicare and insurance supported program, there are registered nurses to call upon for their expertise. "I get so much out of this program," she continues. "For one thing, you meet such great people."
   During the ceremony at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Sally Burger played the harp and nearly 300 names were read.
   Parker took the opportunity to thank local supporters, stating that over $4,300 was raised.
   She added that for many participants of Light of A Life, the final moments of the ceremony are the most significant. It is during this time that everyone stands with lighted candles around the tree decorated with bright ornaments symbolizing people remembered and honored for their lives.