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Make a Difference as a Hospice Volunteer


By Jessica Lane, Beacon of Hope Hospice

There are many
opportunities to volunteer and give back to your community, but
volunteering to assist with hospice care is certainly one of the most
rewarding and fulfilling. This type of volunteer opportunity isn’t only a
way for kind-hearted people to work with ailing patients; it’s a way
for all involved to develop real friendships, open their hearts, and
find inspiration through this transformative experience. It’s an
experience that can offer relief and assistance to both patient and
family, and can be greatly rewarding for the volunteer as well.
who is looking for a life-changing experience should consider giving
their time in service to a local end-of-life care program. Here are some
additional reasons why:
The Benefits Are Tremendous
While it’s
easy to think about what an end-of-life caregiver has to share, it
really shouldn’t be all that hard to understand what they have to gain.
Sharing the blessing of a smile or simple squeeze of a hand is enough to
do wonders and put things in perspective as you give back to your
community and humanity. Having someone with whom to share simple things,
like to sit and read, to laugh and cry, to share stories, to listen to
their voice, to bring hope and companionship, and to just be there for
someone, letting them know they are not alone, is one of the most
precious gifts you can give to another human being.

Almost Anyone Can Volunteer
may be surprised to learn that people of all ages and experience levels
can volunteer. Quality end of life care organizations can boast of
volunteer teams widely ranging in age, gender, ethnicity, and education
level, including people from all walks of life.
Regardless of the
differences that may be present, volunteers do have a few things in
common. They are all caring, compassionate, and willing to open their
hearts to bring joy to people during this difficult time in their lives.
There is no need to have any specific medical or professional knowledge
or experience working with elderly people to do this important
volunteering work. There are, however, special volunteering
opportunities available for certain skilled professionals.

Support is in Place for the Volunteers as Well
you are considering volunteering for a care-giving program like those
provided by Beacon of Hope Hospice, remember that you will not be left
to figure it out on your own. Quality hospices will offer an extensive
Volunteer Orientation Program ending with certification, but the
training doesn’t end there. Centers can offer continued support and
training for volunteers in a variety of areas. Whether you offer your
time and skills as an administrative, bereavement, general patient care,
or specialized project volunteer, you will be ready to provide the
services necessary and have the support you need as you continue.

more information on how you can make a difference as a hospice
volunteer, please call Beacon of Hope Hospice at 563-391-6933, toll-free
888-932-273, or visit our website at BeaconofHopeHospice.org.