Finding friends in troubled times

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Dying alone is not a concept to ponder in a person's everyday life, but something volunteers like Linda Buchanan face with each patient visit.

Buchanan, a volunteer at Community Hospice, realized after being with her late aunt, mother and sister in hospice care she wanted to help others going through the same trying times.

Now, Buchanan is bringing the same humility to local families and patients as she sits with them as they wait to die.

She said some are unable to talk, others are confused. Some are aged and like to talk about their families and others are in their 20s accepting death as a relief from failed treatment.

Community Hospice spokeswoman Beth Taylor says the patients are usually estranged from their families or their families cannot get to them quickly enough.

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