Do I have what it takes to be a Hospice Volunteer?
Hospice volunteers need to know that hospice work takes its toll. You become friends with people who are going to die, and with the people who love them.
You must be able to sit quietly, take a back seat to the events taking place around you, be a calming presence when that is called for. You need to be a guest, an observer, a facilitator.
Top qualities of a Hospice Hero Volunteer:
- Commitment to those they serve
- Compassionate and patient
- Be a listener, and comfortable in silence
- Know your strengths, your limits, and when to say no
- Be non-judgmental
- Accept that needs can be physical, emotional and/or spiritual
- Respect all beliefs, all religious customs and all who lack them
Why not start today?
How will I know what to do?
Every Haven volunteer receives free and comprehensive training before being assigned a volunteer job.
Volunteers learn hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, grief & loss education, health & safety precautions and more.
In class you will discover what kinds of volunteering you are interested in and what talents your volunteer manager sees in you.
Become part of a team of Hospice Champions.
Volunteers work with a clinical team of a doctor, nurse, aide, chaplain, and social worker.
Because you spend time with the patient, volunteers who provide direct patient care can often give the team valuable feedback about issues that arise during their visits.
We offer several ways to become a volunteer:
Make a Difference
Hospice volunteers fill the gap between loved ones and professional caregivers. Become a Hospice Hero today!