The purpose of our Vigil Program is to support fragile patients, who may otherwise be alone, during their final days or hours. The emphasis is on providing a sense of peace and calm to the patient at this time.
Volunteers create a serene environment by reading a comforting poem or prayer, listening to soothing music or just sitting quietly holding a 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 want the emotional support of a caring person.
Since the Vigil Program is 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.