The Visiting Volunteer offers compassionate support to the dying person, their family and friends. The end-of-life journey can be very emotionally exhausting for a person and their loved ones, and visiting volunteers are available to companion and support.
- are carefully selected
- undergo in-depth training and exposure to service
- receive ongoing education and support
- visit people where they are, at home or in hospital/hospice
- are there to listen without judgment
- give respite
Grief Support Volunteer
To become a grief support volunteer you must first complete the 30 hours of visiting volunteer training and a further 30 hours experience as a visiting volunteer within McKenney Creek Hospice Residence. Once completed, a further 9 hours of grief training must be done to offer 1-1 grief support to family members..
Grief Support & Visiting Volunteer Training
Our 30-hour comprehensive training program is based on the Canadian Palliative Care Association standards, and provides education on topics such as:
- Listening and Self-Awareness
- Companioning the Dying
- Family Support
- Grief and Loss
- Spirituality at End of Life
The 30 hour training is a pre-requisite for those wanting to offer emotional support and companioning to individuals and families at end of life.
This course is designed for those with the intention of volunteering in both the Hospice and in the Community; and also comes highly recommended for professionals and community members looking to enhance their current understanding of End of Life issues, loss and grief. After completing the society’s training, volunteers will be given an orientation to McKenney Creek Hospice and also receive at least 3 “buddy” shifts with an experienced volunteer before you will be asked to visit on your own.
We also hold monthly support meetings for all volunteers to attend.
Visiting Volunteer training courses are offered once or twice a year, as needed. Typically one course is offered in the fall and the second course is offered after the New Year, usually late February or early March.
Men are encouraged to apply, as we often have requests for male hospice/grief support volunteers.
Things to consider when applying to be a Hospice Visiting Volunteer
A financial investment in the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is an opportunity to ensure that end of life support for patients and families will be available for all in need.