Professional Bereavement Volunteer: If you are working towards or have a professional social work or health related degree, professional support opportunities may be available for you.
Non-Professional Bereavement Volunteer: Provide periodic support to newly bereaved people who have had a loved one die in Rainbow’s care. Volunteers provide a sounding board for those dealing with grief issues, reassurance through the grief process and suggestions for other community resources as appropriate. Also attend a once-a-month evening support meeting to discuss related issues.
Responsibilities may include:
Assists bereavement staff by providing scheduled phone follow-up with bereaved clients, may also provide in-person support with bereaved.
Provides information on bereavement support groups to the bereaved.
Participates in monthly bereavement volunteer meetings.
Maintains open communication, reporting regularly to the volunteer coordinator.
Documents volunteer time and activity in an accurate, timely and objective manner.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Adheres to Rainbow Hospice policies and procedures.
Completes the mandatory annual education.
Meets all health requirements set by Rainbow Hospice.
Participates in volunteer support and educational in-services.
Assists in training of new volunteers as appropriate.
Skills & Requirements
Day(s) Needed: Weekday
Time(s) Needed: Calls are made at the mutual convenience of volunteers and newly bereaved families, Attend a 90-minute monthly meeting
Comfortable discussing personal loss
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Successful adjustment to personal losses and no personal loss within past 12 months.
Successful completion of volunteer training program.
Clearance from appropriate health screenings, background check, fingerprinting.
Agree to mandatory policy statements.
Minimum commitment of 1 year of service.
Supportive of Hospice concept, and willing to serve others in a volunteer capacity.
Comfortable working with families with different cultural and religious values.
Excellent communication skills.
Independent means of transportation.
Previous volunteer experience preferred.
Social Work or other related experience or education preferred.
Empowering our community to live with hope and resilience throughout the journey with illness and loss.
Rainbow Hospice is here to help others navigate end-of-life experiences - just as it has done for thousands of patients and families for more than thirty years.
Our organization also extends comfort and support to bereaved loved ones of Rainbow Hospice patients and to anyone from the communities in the greater Chicago area. Rainbow Hospice serves residents of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Will Counties. Rainbow Hospice received re-accreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) -- the independent, non-profit accrediting body for community-based health organization -- in spring of 2017. This accreditation assures patients and the community that Rainbow Hospice exceeds the highest standards in home health care.
Through its services, staff, volunteers, bereavement programs and The LIFE Institute for Learning, Rainbow Hospice offers support and education that enables people to live with dignity and hope while coping with loss and the end of life.