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What's Involved in Becoming a Hospice Volunteer?

Patient/family volunteers provide many essential services. Volunteers are trained and willing to listen and respond to families needs with understanding and empathy. Patient/family volunteers help maintain a sense of normalcy and quality of life for the patient and family. Tasks may include companionship for a patient, respite for patient caregivers, running errands or medication deliveries.

Bereavement volunteers are sensitive listeners to family members after a death has occurred. They stay in contact through phone and may accompany family members to grief support and social events.

Bereavement volunteers are trained and overseen by bereavement counselors to provide assistance to survivors as they progress through the stages of grief. The goal of the bereavement volunteer is to help family members adjust to their lives after a loss.

Eleventh-hour volunteers provide support to patients and their families as the patient enters into the final of his or her life.

Office support volunteers assist with mailings, clerical duties and greeting all who visit the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.

To learn more about Hospice of Mercy volunteer opportunies, please call Hospice of Mercy Volunteer Coordinator at (319) 398-6628 or email mclapp@mercycare.org.