Vigil Volunteers - AseraCare offers volunteers who are present with a patient in their last moments. As a vigil volunteer, you will provide on-call support to patients and families in the last 24-48 hours of life.
Need to be comfortable with silence.
Create a calming and peaceful environment for patients who are actively dying/imminent (i.e. play music, talk with a patient who is not responsive)
Provide gentle touch to the hand, back, arms, shoulder or hold hands
Interpersonal skills: Be a support system for family and friends near, and post, death of a patient
As a vigil volunteer, please remember the following:
You must be comfortable with, and able to talk about, death and dying
During a vigil, a patient could pass in front of you
AseraCare provides hospice in different settings. A vigil may be held at: a patients home, a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility
Vigils take place in the last hours before death, which may be during the day, night, and sometimes overnight.
Be able to provide own transportation.
Complete approximately 6-8 hours of on-line training, and afterwards attend 8-hours orientation OR complete the Volunteer Training (offered on a quarterly basis) at the York office.
Complete background check (free)
Drug test (free)
Tuberculosis tests (free)
We request a nine month commitment, at the least, to our volunteer program.
*Out of respect for the grieving process, if you are a surviving family member, we encourage you to wait a minimum of 13 months following the patient's death to serve as a direct care volunteer or in public relations activities.
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Unspecified, On Call, Volunteer selects schedule
- Drug Screening & 2-Step PPD (tuberculosis testing) - costs paid by AseraCare