016: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Ryan Wilaby

What does it take to be involved in hospice (end-of-life) care?

Ryan Wilaby volunteers his time to care for hospice patients who might not have family or the finances to support their passing over. Ryan talks on how he got into hospice care and why he does what he does. If you’re looking to give back but feel as though watching those pass over is too overwhelming, don’t worry, there are other ways you can give back within the Avow hospice organization―so that you can still care for people passing from behind-the-scenes.

Key Takeaways:

[2:15] Since Rob is a nurse, he helps people with their living wills, but Ryan is doing a little bit more than that.

[3:00] Who is Ryan Wilaby?

[6:00] Hospice is emotionally draining for the family members. Ryan helps give them a break.

[8:00] Ryan has a lot of respect for the nurses who do this day-in and day-out.

[9:35] What is hospice about?

[12:25] It’s an extreme honor to be with someone when they are passing over.

[14:25] Ryan provides unconditional love to everyone who is about to pass over. There is no point to judge or speculate why they are alone and without family members.

[16:35] What does Ryan talk to his patients about? How does he calm or soothe them?

[20:15] How does this line of volunteer work extend into Ryan’s personal or business life?

[21:00] Ryan believes the lessons he has learned in hospice care have greatly helped his coaching clients as well. They both go hand-in-hand with one another.

[22:15] How and Why did Ryan get started in hospice care?

[26:25] How can someone help? You don’t have to be in the trenches to help. There are administration needs anybody can volunteer to do.

[28:35] Ryan talks about releasing butterflies in Florida to remember those who have passed away.

[31:50] Have questions? Feel free to email Ryan.

Mentioned in This Episode:




Email: CoachWilaby@gmaiil.com


“My heroes are the nurses.”

“The idea and premise behind hospice is that nobody should have to die alone and/or in pain.”

“Living life is such an experience.”


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