What is Required

1) Training

First-hand experiences with family members or friends often prepare hospice volunteers to be especially supportive and sensitive to the family’s needs. Additionally, all hospice volunteers receive training focused on:

  • The goals and philosophy of hospice care
  • The responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families
  • The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Patient and family rights
  • Family relationships
  • Spiritual and cultural diversity
  • Patient confidentiality

2) Time commitment

After completing training, volunteers determine how much time they can commit to hospice work. Whether dedicating as little as two hours a month or six hours a week, all efforts are appreciated and much needed.