Friendships gained with Hospice Simcoe program in Barrie

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He volunteers with the visiting Hospice Simcoe program, fitting it between being a dad to his children, aged 10 and three, and studying to be a registered massage therapist.

“It’s been a personal or spiritual journey for me,” Goodman said.

“It’s the connections that keep me here. I like doing things for people and if life handed me something difficult, I’d like to think people would be there for me.”

Once a week, Goodman visits with Ron Duncan, a Barrie man diagnosed in January with a terminal brain tumour.

Duncan’s doctor has told him not to expect to live past July 2015.

Twice now, the pair has been fishing at Barrie’s waterfront and recently took a tour around the new Cabela’s store.

Goodman said he stumbled into his interest in palliative care.

With a background in psychotherapy and addictions, Goodman signed up to learn thanatology — the study of death and dying.

“I noticed a connection between grief and bereavement and addictions,” Goodman said.

He decided to volunteer and said it has given him another perspective on grief and bereavement.

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