There is a light in all of us; we only need to share it.
Hospice volunteers are
- Caring people who have participated in special training.
- Neighbors who have a desire to help others in their time of need.
- Friends who have unique personalities and skills.
- Individuals who are trained to be good listeners.
- Community members who are sensitive to the needs of families.
- People who serve without financial compensation.
Hospice training topics include
- Boundary setting
- Death awareness
- Disease process
- Emotional issues
- Family dynamics
- Grief symptoms
- Hospice philosophy
- Patient rights
- Stress management
How a hospice volunteer can help
- Sit with patients to relieve caregivers
- Make friendly visits to the home
- Run errands for the family
- Do light chores around the home
- Assist in taking patients out for a ride
- Support grieving families in their loss
- Provide assistance in the hospice office
- Serve on advisory boards
- Speak about hospice to community groups
- Participate in health fairs
- Assist with fund raising activities
Rewards of volunteering
- Increased self understanding
- Spiritual growth
- New appreciation for life and health
- Personal satisfaction by making a difference in a family's life
- A sense of belonging and connectedness as you work together with others on the hospice team
How to become a Geisinger Hospice volunteer
- Call the Hospice office at: (570) 271-5598 or 1-888-634-6715
- Fill out a volunteer application
- Interview with the volunteer coordinator
- Attend an 18-hour training session
- Choose an area of involvement and join with us in serving the terminally ill and their families.