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


York, Adams, and Cumberland CountiesYork, Gettysburg, Camp Hill areas, PA 17408


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

People 55+

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

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