Join this Soulful Journey -- Volunteer with Hospice -- June Training

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Signature Hospice

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Sacred Journey - Volunteer with Hospice

I recently had correspondence with a prospective volunteer who asked what my idea of the ideal volunteer would be. This was my response:

Wow, the ideal volunteer is an interesting concept. I have so many uniquely different individuals that volunteer with our hospice. The most compelling characteristic is that they are willing to be present. I would say that is the simplest yet most profound attribute. Some volunteers are learning what that means, some are already aware and willing to deepen into that awareness.

Most volunteers are coming forward to do this work with compassion and courage, an open heartedness that brings them to be with dying. But what I propose and invite them to do is be present with whatever is happening in the moment, with whoever that person is they've been asked to visit and BE with them with an open accepting heart, mind and spirit. It's an orientation that means you visit without an agenda, without needing to fix anyone or anything, and are accepting of whatever transpires in each moment.

Many patients have never been regarded this way. Many patients are feeling the isolation and diminishment that aging, illness, and dying create in our western culture's standards of youth, fitness, beauty, and wealth.

My work is to invite volunteers into this space of presence, what many of us call the healing presence of unconditional regard.

So prospective volunteers:
You are invited to share in the soulful work of hospice. Learn about the ancient Celtic tradition and wisdom of Anam Cara -- soul friend. Support a patient and family in this most intimate time of life -- play music, sing songs, listen to stories, read poetry or prayer, hold a hand in sacred silence. It is about living in the grace of each moment.

The next volunteer training, comprised of 3 sessions, is scheduled for June 1st, 2nd, and 8th. For a complete volunteer job description, application packet, and additional information about volunteering contact Michele Fuchs, Volunteer Coordinator, 503-924-8922, mfuchs@4signatureservice.com, www.4signatureservice.com.

1 More opportunity with Signature Hospice

Community Health & Medicine Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Portland and all surrounding communitiesWA, Mult, Yamhill countiesPortland, Gresham, Sandy, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, OR 97035

(45.41391,-122.72012)
 

SKILLS

  • Spiritual Healing
  • Elder care
  • Bereavement Support
  • Massage Therapy
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours a week minimum
  • One-year commitment, compassion, empathy, flexibility, consistent reliability

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