How to Become a Hospice Volunteer

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Each day, hospice volunteers touch the lives of our patients and their families. Whether providing companionship to a patient, offering caregiver relief, or preparing a light meal, each gesture makes a meaningful impact on those we serve.


Whether you volunteer behind the scenes at the office or one-on-one with patients and families, you are a valuable member of our hospice team. All volunteers receive free training at a local office.


Volunteer training

In the Volunteer Orientation, you will learn about:


  • The goals and philosophy of hospice care
  • The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Patient and family rights
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Family relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Spiritual and cultural diversity
  • Patient confidentiality

Time commitment

After completing training, volunteers determine the time they commit to service. Whether you give two hours a month or six hours a week, all efforts are appreciated and needed. Compassus will work around your schedule.


The qualities of an effective hospice volunteer


  • Good listener
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy and openness
  • Willingness to serve, whether directly with families or behind the scenes