When you are with someone who is in the final stages of dying, on comfort care with Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) status,or expected to die within two to three days without local family or friends.
Volunteers are available to sit with the dying at any time of the day or night. They have graciously given of their time and understand that death knows no time frame and that they may be called in the middle of the night. We encourage you to activate the program as soon as you notice them nearing the end of life.
The volunteers provide no medical care and are there to sit with the patient, perhaps hold their hand or read to them. Previous responsibility to care for the patient continues. Volunteers may assist with any non-medical comfort measures as directed by the patient’s nurse.
A 3 part part training is required before becoming a volunteer. A schedule of classes is on our educational page. All community members are eligible to participate in the program.
A volunteer will decided what works for their schedule. A minimum commitment of one 4 hour on call shift per month. You may volunteer for as many shifts as you would like.
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Would your church, pre-school co-op, school community, art club, or band like to learn how to support each other in the event of a community members' dying without folks around?
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