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Volunteer Training

The Shuswap Hospice Society is always looking for those gifted, caring, and compassionate individuals who would like to join our team of volunteers. All Hospice volunteers who work with clients, families, and bereaved individuals are required to complete the Hospice Volunteer Training course. This 30-hour, 6-week Introduction to Hospice/Palliative Care Course is a uniquely intensive and interactive experience.

The Shuswap Hospice Society’s training follows the guidelines set out by the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association’s model of training.

This training is meant to provide standardization amongst all hospice volunteers throughout British Columbia.

The training is a minimum of 30 hours and includes the following areas of concentration:

  • Introduction to Hospice
  • Communication Skills
  • Death and Dying
  • Grief and Loss
  • Care of the Spirit and Self
  • Advanced Care Planning

Training courses are held in the Spring and Fall.

Please call or email our Volunteer and Program Coordinator, for more information at 250-832-7099 or programs@shuswaphospice.ca

Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body. Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of the million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross