New volunteer training offered at Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center

Staff Report

Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center will offer an autumn session of volunteer direct care training for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays starting Sept. 1 at 4215 Newburg Road.

Direct care volunteers work closely with hospice patients and their families, offering companionship and support to them during the end-of-life process. Volunteer schedules are based on both the availability of the volunteer, and the needs of the patients and family.

The training will include such topics as hospice philosophy, listening and communication skills, patient and family needs, medical issues/terminal illness, legal/psychosocial aspects of dying, patient and family needs, loss and grief, the funeral home and spirituality, infection control, confidentiality and volunteer responsibilities.

There is a $25 material fee. No experience is necessary.

For more information about becoming a direct care or administrative/clerical volunteer, contact Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center at (815) 398-0500 or visit

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue

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