Serving Others

Compassus offers many ways to help patients and their families

Interested in volunteering for Compassus?

Volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their caregivers can help in three areas, which offer a wide variety of tasks and activities.

Patient Support

Patient Support Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Ways to help include:

  • Friendly visits
  • Writing letters
  • Reading to patients
  • Light housekeeping
  • Running errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Hair care


Bereavement Volunteers support families and friends of deceased patients. During the grieving process, the volunteer is an invaluable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network. Ways to help include:

  • Assist with grief support groups
  • Coordinate community resources
  • Help Bereavement Coordinator with writing letters and making calls


Administrative Volunteers help the hospice staff, often by working in the office. Ways to help include:

  • Typing, filing and other light office work
  • Sending birthday cards, sympathy cards and bereavement notes
  • Assisting at community workshops
  • Coordinating support services
  • Making deliveries

This article originally appeared in Everyday Compassion magazine. To browse full issues of the magazine, click here.