Requirements for Hospice Volunteers

1. Training

All volunteers receive training at a local office. We'll also request a background check.


  • The goals and philosophy of hospice care
  • The responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families
  • The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Patient and family rights
  • Family relationships
  • Spiritual and cultural diversity
  • Patient confidentiality

2. 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 a great hospice volunteer

  • A good listener
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy and openess
  • Willingness to serve, whether directly with families or behind the scenes.