Emmanuel Hospice: Become a Life Story Volunteer!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2161 Leonard Street NWGrand Rapids, MI 49504


Do you love history? Are you curious about what life was like for your grandparents and great-grandparents? Do you love writing? Do you want to meet some fantastic older adults and do something MEANINGFUL that will be cherished for years to come? Do you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Then consider becoming a life story volunteer for Emmanuel Hospice!

Emmanuel Hospice is a very special, growing, faith-based, non-profit hospice located on the West side of Grand Rapids. We are a close knit team and our staff, volunteers, and patients are like FAMILY to us! We serve patients all over West Michigan in private homes and in facilities. We were created as a collaboration of 4 retirement communities: Saint Ann’s, Porter Hills, Clark, and Sunset.

Life Story volunteers interview patients and provide a written keepsake of a patient’s life story for family members. Interviews are derived of questions from the BeRemembered.com website and responses are recorded either on paper or directly on BeRemembered.com. The goal of the life story volunteer is to give patients an opportunity to share their story, and provide companionship, purpose, and facilitation of grief through reminiscing. The purpose of the life story volunteer is also to give loved ones an opportunity to learn about, reminisce, and grieve the patient.

These are great opportunities for college students looking to get in the medical field, or those who are retired. Any help is welcome! We are FLEXIBLE and will work around your busy schedules!

  • No experience needed- WE WILL TRAIN YOU!

  • Volunteers are required to complete a background check, a TB test, and an orientation

  • Please contact Heidi at 616-719-0919 or hpeppin@emmanuelhospice.org

  • Volunteer applications are also on our website www.emmanuelhospice.org


  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Storytelling
  • Bereavement Support
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Reading / Writing

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours a month
  • TB test and flu shot (we provide at no cost)
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