Support hospice patients in their greatest hour of need! (Washington County)


Cause Areas

When

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

Where

TBD - we'll match you with a patient in your area!West Bend, WI 53095


About

Heartland Hospice wants to ensure no one dies alone. A hospice vigil volunteer is one of Heartland's most special and fulfilling opportunities. Vigil volunteers sit bedside with a patient who is in their last hours of life. Support may involve prayer (reading from the Bible or other material that is comforting for patient), providing respite to family (allowing them to step away and eat a meal/take a break) or simply being present...providing comfort and peace of mind to all that the patient is not alone.

Our vigil volunteer program is more of an "on-call" opportunity; vigil support is based upon request of patient's family or caregiving team. Scheduling of vigil takes into consideration the volunteer's location and availability. Applicants must attend an orientation to learn about the philosophy of hospice, the role of a vigil volunteer, and skills related to caring for and communicating with hospice patients and their families. Emphasis is on providing comfort during the dying process.

Requirements for vigil volunteers: must be at least 18-years-old, agree to background and reference checks, must be appropriately coping with any personal losses, impeccable communication skills, sound judgment regarding issues of death and dying, and ability to work independently with indirect supervision.

Vigil volunteers must have: a positive outlook on life, flexibility, empathy, sensitivity to issues around death and dying, compassion, a willingness to help others and the ability to work as a member of the hospice team. Reliable transportation is a must!

If you live in Washington County, or a surrounding community, and would like to provide support to hospice patients during their greatest hour of need, please contact us. We're waiting to hear from you!

Benefits:

- Independent volunteering, but having support and advice available

- Flexible schedule and the ability to set your own schedule

- Helping the less fortunate and lonely

- Providing companionship and being social

- Build relationships and knowing that you make a difference in someone’s day.

- Hearing other peoples stories and being part of their story

- Helping other people and giving back to individuals, families, and the community

- Learn more and gain experience with hospice, aging, the elderly, chronic diseases, and the end of life

- Practice skills, explore strengths, and grow

- Have new experiences and gaining a new perspective on life

Skills

  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Based upon request and availability
  • Reliable transportation is a must!
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