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Volunteer | Shangrila Hospice

Volunteer Training

A hospice volunteer training program cannot teach a volunteer to have an answer to every question or an action for every situation they will encounter. However, our training will teach prospective hospice volunteers to do what is natural -- to give loving compassionate care in a way that serves both the volunteer and the dying person.

Our regularly scheduled classes are offered for those interested in learning more about how to support terminally ill patients and their families and those who are considering becoming volunteers. We offer:

Hospice Volunteer Orientation – 2 hours (for all volunteers)

This training provides an overview of hospice care and explains the role of volunteers at Shangrila Hospice. Orientation is required for all volunteers interested in administrative support and outreach. This is a pre-requisite for Patient and Family Support Volunteer Training.

Patient and Family Support Volunteer Training– 6 hours (for all volunteers that will have contact with patients and families).

This training provides information about clinical care and comfort, social and emotional support, spiritual support, grief and bereavement, communications skills and volunteer documentation. Training topics are presented by Shangrila Hospice nurses, social workers, bereavement specialists and chaplains.

In addition to the initial volunteer orientation and training, Shangrila Hospice volunteers are invited to participate in ongoing educational offerings. We also offer social and support activities throughout the year including an annual volunteer award luncheon.

Are You Ready to Join Our Team of Volunteers?

You can get started right now, in one of two ways:

E-mail ShangrilaHospiceVolunteers@gmail.com, or call the Volunteer Coordinator to register for the next orientation session.

Pre-apply by completing the Volunteer Application Form, to be completed and brought to the Volunteer Orientation session.