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Be a hospice volunteer

Volunteers are a very important part of our hospice program. They are specially trained to work within the hospice team to promote comfort and support of the patient and their family, with a focus on providing an improving quality of life.

It takes a special kind of person to be a hospice volunteer; someone who is caring, compassionate, emphatic and committed to offering assistance throughout the patient’s hospice journey. This assistance can include:

  • Being a comforting presence
  • Offering companionship, reading, listening to music, watching TV/movies, etc.
  • Giving the caregiver a break from providing daily care
  • Helping with correspondence or memory making
  • Running errands
  • Doing light house work
  • Communicating concerns to the hospice team

Volunteering with Gundersen Hospice is a way to give back to others. People interested in becoming hospice volunteers are invited to attend general volunteer and hospice-specific volunteer training. The hospice-specific training includes topics such as philosophy of hospice; psychological issues of death and dying; communication; family dynamics; the spiritual journey; pain management; coping mechanisms and self-care; end-of-life experiences; documentation and confidentiality; and bereavement.

Become a volunteer

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Or call us today at (608) 775-8435.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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