Bereavement Hospice Volunteer


Cause Areas

When

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

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

About

Working with bereaved families is often a life-giving experience.

Grief can be a very painful journey- a road that many people neither expected nor chose to be on. Working with the bereaved is often as simple and as important as affirming people’s experiences and emotions and helping them to understand something about the path of grief and the healing process they are moving through.

Our work involves walking with people for a while in their grief journey through mailings about grief, home visits and phone calls.

More than nine years ago, we began a pilot volunteer program called the Bereavement Care Team to help us to reach more families. These simple phone calls often make an appreciable difference in the lives of these family members. You don’t have to travel anywhere to provide this support and comfort: you can make these calls from your home at a time that is convenient for you. You decide how many calls you make in a given month. Members of the Bereavement Care Team receive a referral form that assesses and describes some of the needs of the person they are calling. After the call, we ask that you complete a Bereavement Contact form which you can either drop off or mail in postage paid envelopes.

The Bereavement Care Team also meets on the second Friday of each month. This meeting non-mandatory and we learn a little more about the grief process, talk about the phone calls we have made and we ALWAYS have bagels and juice or an appropriate substitute. Although these meetings are optional, some of our volunteers attend them regularly because they have come to value the opportunity to share their experiences of and feelings about their contacts. In sharing these stories, we all continue to discover more about grief and grievers - and ourselves.

Skills

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Bereavement volunteers set their own schedules

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