Things to Consider When Applying to be a Hospice Volunteer:
- You have an interest in the Hospice concept, and have the desire to help others.
- You have an awareness of what is drawing you to Hospice work and are willing to explore this in depth.
- You are sensitive to the special needs of dying patients and their families and have chosen to volunteer to support them.
- You are aware of the losses you have experienced and your way of grieving and have a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief.
- If you have experienced a significant person loss within the past year, one which you are still actively grieving, please consider carefully your ability to take on a demanding training program. This work can intensify your own grief.
- Sometimes, being a volunteer at Hospice can be stressful, it is important to have a good support system and ways of taking care of yourself, meeting change and the unexpected with ease.
- You know how listen to others for extended periods of time.
- You are open to others who may have different valued, beliefs, ways of living. You are able to listen well and to validate others where they are, rather than where you might believe they should be.
- As you may be asked to volunteer in a variety of areas and perform many different tasks, self- reliance, flexibility and adaptability are assets. Realistic awareness of your own strengths and weakness and the ability to set limits are important.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and attending our training program, please submit a Volunteer application form to the attention of Nancy DiPasquale, Manager of Volunteer Services.
Should you require further information, contact Nancy at 905-984-8766 x 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org