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Nelson & District Hospice Society offers training courses for volunteers

By Contributor
January 14th, 2015

Nelson & District Hospice Society will be training new volunteers on the first and last weekends of February. 

The 30-hour training provides the basic training necessary to volunteer here in Nelson as well as in any hospice within BC.

The training explores many topics such as the art of communicating with the dying and bereaved, the healing journey of grief, spiritual aspects of dying, the physiology of dying, dying at home, pain management techniques, and disease-specific education on palliative care for cancer, chronic illness and Alzheimer’s/dementia. 

Most importantly, it gives trainees an opportunity to explore their own attitudes towards their lives, their deaths and grief relating to all experiences of loss. 

Trainees will also gain new communication skills that can be used for any situation calling for compassion, non-judgmental awareness and relationship building.

Successful applicants will volunteer one on one with the terminally ill, the dying and/or the bereaved. If you are at ease with people who are ill and/or grieving, have a willingness to be open and to learn from others and respect for philosophical or spiritual beliefs other than one’s own, consider volunteering with Nelson & District Hospice Society.

To apply, please follow these steps: become familiar with Nelson Hospice by viewing our website.

Click on “Volunteering”, then download and complete the application form. Email the application and you will be contacted for a pre-training screening interview. A

ll prospective volunteers must complete the mandatory training and orientation program.

Participation is limited.

For more info contact Nelson Hospice.

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