The purpose of the Vigil Program is to support fragile patients, who may otherwise be alone, during their final hours. The emphasis is on providing a sense of peace and calm through the dying process.
Volunteers may create a serene environment by reading a comforting poem or prayer, listening to soothing music or just sitting quietly holding the patient’s hand. Simply being present with the patient is the main focus at this time.
Vigil volunteers are most often requested for those patients who are likely to be alone; however, volunteers may also be asked to support family members who need to take a break from the bedside of their loved one or the emotional support of a caring person.
Since the Vigil Program is more of an "on-call" type of opportunity, we do take into account the volunteer's personal schedule and location when attempting to fill a vigil request.
Volunteers receive training in the philosophy of hospice, the role of the volunteer and other staff members and helpful skills for meaningful visits with hospice patients and their families. Additional training specifically related to the Vigil Program is provided.
- Hospice Care
- Elder care
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Volunteers are scheduled in shifts of 2-4 hours.