Wentworth Hospice Volunteer Training Aug. 24-Oct. 5. Give a piece of your heart and become a Hospice Volunteer. For a SMALL amount of time, you can make a BIG difference in someone's life.
The desire to give time and talents freely to those on the end-of-life journey emanates from a heart of compassion and a spirit of giving. Whether providing direct or indirect support, hospice volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team responsible for providing quality care and support. Hospice volunteering allows exceptional, caring individuals to use their gifts and skills to help provide patients, caregivers, and families with the most peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience possible.
A part of what makes hospice volunteers so valuable, and such impactful members of a patient’s care team, is the unique life perspective and personality they offer. Though each volunteer is unique, there are several common traits that are indicative of an effective hospice volunteer:
- A spirit of compassion and understanding towards those who are on the end-of-life journey
- Respect for all ways of life, cultural customs , and religious views
- Keen understanding of personal limits
- The ability to listen and be comfortable in silence
Effective hospice volunteers recognize that their role is one of compassionate service. The presence and service of hospice volunteers is targeted towards ultimately providing patients, caregivers, and families with the most comfortable and compassionate end-of-life experience possible. Common areas where volunteers can help are:
Sitting with patients to provide companionship and a comforting presence
Giving the family member or caregiver a break so they can shop, run errands, etc.
Singing or playing soothing music
Filling the bird feeders or watering the flowers
Fixing breakfast or lunch
Reading a book, playing cards, doing a puzzle
Sharing stories of life, writing letters
Visiting with Military Veterans
Making a Chart of Life
Massage // Reiki
Administrative office work
Events/Memorial Service/Health fairs
Mentoring new Volunteers Everyone
has their own special gift to offer a Hospice patient, their family or their caregiver. What do you, the Volunteer, receive in return? Hospice volunteers, particularly those who work directly with patients and families, commonly report:
Training is free. If you believe you can help those who are the end of their life journey, please call DJ at (603) 692-0220 to schedule an interview. All interviews must be completed by Aug. 16th.
- A greater appreciation for life and understanding of what is truly important
- A deeper understanding and acceptance of the role of death in the process of life
- An enriched understanding of different cultures and life perspectives
- A sense of fulfillment and contribution to the community