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How Can I Volunteer? 

What kind of training do Hospice volunteers receive?

Training for new hospice volunteers is offered at least three times each year. The 15-hour course is filled with valuable information, which will be used in your work as a hospice volunteer and can also be applied to your personal life. 

  • Training is facilitated by the Hospice of Mercy Volunteer Coordinator
  • It includes presentations by professionals in the health and social service fields
  • It is required for all patient/family, bereavement and office volunteers before assignments are made


Topics covered during volunteer training include:

  • Hospice philosophy
  • Attitudes toward death
  • Communication skills
  • Preparing for death at home
  • Role of physicians
  • Role of nurses
  • Role of family services
  • Role of spiritual care
  • Role of volunteers
  • Grief and bereavement


We ask our volunteers to:

  • Make a commitment to hospice
  • Attend a minimum of four hours of continued education sessions annually and monthly meetings
  • Volunteer an average of three hours a month or 36 hours annually
  • Be a good listener and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Be comfortable with varied spiritual beliefs and lifestyles
  • Have personal transportation
  • Prospective volunteers are encouraged to wait a year after experiencing a life-changing event or loss of a close friend or family member


Hospice of Mercy Volunteer Program
Phone: (319) 398-6628