Become a Vigil Volunteer


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Monroe and surrounding areasMonroe, MI 48162


A vigil volunteer is part of a dedicated corps of volunteers that embodies a key tenet of hospice care: that no one should die alone. Other vigil volunteers with whom I've spoken say that being with a person as they die is one of the most profound and intimate of human experiences.

Vigil volunteers receive special training and are part of a team that works in shifts, to be there for the patient when doctors or other caregivers have determined that death is imminent -- usually within 24 or 48 hours.

The volunteers are part of the hospice volunteer program. The vigil visit is quite different from a regular volunteer visit, and these volunteers receive an additional eight hours of training. The volunteers are trained about the physical, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of a person imminently dying, including what happens to the body as it shuts down.

Usually, vigil volunteers sit with a patient who has no family nearby, but sometimes family members have to step away briefly or need support themselves.

Volunteers may receive a request at any time. They are dedicated to making these requests a priority since the patient may have very little time left and does not want to be left alone.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • As Needed Basis
  • 2 Negative TB tests/ or Chest X-ray


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