Orientation for volunteer training at Grief Center Sept. 10

Staff Report

Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center will offer its autumn session of volunteer training beginning with an orientation from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4215 Newburg Road. This is open to anyone in the community, and there are a variety of ways to support the organization.

The orientation will explore the hospice philosophy and volunteer options, and individuals who wish to work directly with patients and their families will continue training Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon through Oct. 29.

Patient 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 patient and family.

The training will include such topics as listening and communication skills, patient care, family needs, legal and psychosocial aspects of dying, loss and grief, spirituality, a funeral home visit, and volunteer responsibilities.

There is a $25 material fee. No experience is necessary — just a desire to be of service to patients and families who need a helping hand.

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

From the Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013, issue

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