Training

Becoming a volunteer for Whatcom Hospice is a big commitment. Whether you’re caring for an individual during the final stages of their lives, sewing a blanket for one of the Hospice House rooms or assisting with filing, our trainings are designed to provide all volunteers with the skills necessary to be successful and confident in their roles.  

Hospice volunteers are required to attend both an informational meeting and either a four-hour (Indirect Care Volunteer) or 32-hour (Caregiver Volunteer) training program. Days, times and schedules vary from class to class.  

Volunteers must agree to be available for four hours per week for at least one year following the training.  

Caregiver Volunteers learn about patient care, caregiver support and bereavement follow-up. Emphasis is placed on:
  • Discovering the physical, psycho-social and spiritual aspects of dying 
  • Clarifying one’s own feelings and attitudes 
  • Providing a working understanding of specific terminal illnesses, dying, death, grief and the stresses faced by the patient and family
  • Providing skills to assist patients and families
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Learning about community resources  

Hospice also provides continuing education for volunteers as well as the opportunity to share support with other volunteers.