The volunteer training program is designed to give participants an understanding of the needs of patients and families who are coping with advanced illness. Program topics include Hospice History and Philosophy, Hospice Nursing, Spirituality in Hospice, Personal Death Awareness, Listening, and the Nuts and Bolts of Volunteering. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be connected with patients in close proximity to where they reside.
For more information, or to register, please contact Spiro Ballas, Barnabas Health Hospice and
The programs will be offered as follows:
- Beginning Friday, September 7; 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Programs to be held on 9/7, 914, 9/28, and 10/5
- Beginning Thursday, October 4; 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Programs to be held on 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29 and 12/6
Established in 1981, Barnabas Health Hospice and
“In as few as three hours a week, volunteers can make a tremendous difference in the life of a patient coping with advanced illness,” explains Ballas. “Volunteers can read to patients, hold their hand, or just spend time with them while their loved ones take a breather. They are also a resource to families, typically helping by listening to their thoughts and concerns or assisting them with small tasks. When you volunteer for hospice you get back as much as you give.”