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Compassionate and caring individuals are needed to help Emmanuel Hospice meet the needs of patients and families facing end-of-life issues. Giving your time to a family could positively impact their life more than you could imagine.

There is a place for everyone in the hospice family of volunteers ranging from respite care for a tired caregiver, to companionship for a lonely patient, or assisting our hospice ministry with outreach and fundraising efforts in an office setting.

Training begins with orientation to hospice care and the importance of our volunteers. We then dive into topics including the grieving process and comfort measures, communication skills during a life’s final chapter, spiritual care of the family, ethical issues and advanced directives, and understanding a patient’s journey while reaching their final days.

Our next volunteer training program will be held soon, so we encourage you to contact our Volunteer Coordinator-Heather O’Brien today. Call 616-719-0919 or email hobrien@emmanuelhospice.org for more information.