Volunteer Spotlight: Peg Hoefers

This month we’re shining the spotlight on Peg Hoefers, a longtime Hospice Hawaii Reiki volunteer. Reiki is a Japanese technique that focuses on stress reduction and energy healing, and Peg has been a Reiki practitioner for over 30 years. We caught up with Peg to learn more about her Reiki experience and why she chooses to volunteer for Hospice Hawaii.

Q: What’s your experience with Reiki and how does it help Hospice Hawaii’s patients?

A: My grandfather was an energy healer, and as kids we called it “magic” from his hands. When my grandfather passed, I thought it was important for someone in the family to carry on energy healing. I find that Reiki channels the energy all around us through the practitioner and into the patient and, in my experience, that energy soothes the patient.

I consider it a job well done when the patient falls asleep before I finish the Reiki session. My last patient was someone with a very active mind who had difficulty sleeping, but would usually fall asleep in the middle of our Reiki sessions.

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer for Hospice Hawaii?

A: When my mother was in the end stages of pancreatic cancer, Hospice Hawaii was there for her and for us. Because I was still living on the mainland, we relied heavily on the Hospice Hawaii team. I was always impressed by the professionalism and care that Hospice Hawaii provided, and thought this would be a worthy organization of my time.

Q: What’s the most rewarding thing about volunteering for Hospice Hawaii?

A: Two of the most rewarding things are being with people who need a friend during this important phase of their lives and doing life-affirming work. Hospice Hawaii patients and their families are very special people, and it’s my privilege to support them and this organization.