Make a Difference as a Hospice Volunteer

Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558

BENNINGTON — VNA & Hospice of SVHC will begin a nine-week training session on Sept. 15, for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. Participants will meet every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Women’s and Children’s Conference Room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The course is open to anyone in the community who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or learning more about hospice. Attending the training does not obligate you to volunteer.

The goal of the training is to help define the role of a hospice volunteer. It covers the history and philosophy of hospice, team building, help with communicating effectively, ways to manage death, dying, and bereavement, and concepts of spirituality.
After the training, hospice volunteers can fill a variety of roles at VNA & Hospice of SVHC.

There are opportunities to play an administrative role — helping with mailings, copying, or other office work — or to be involved in patient care. Volunteers perform tasks such as staying with a patient so the family can take a break, providing companionship to hospice patients and their caregivers, assisting hospice patients and their families with meals, and offering bereavement support.

The volunteer is a very important part of the hospice team. Improve your own well-being by helping others. For more information, or to register for the training, call Mary Pleasant at (802) 442-5502.

SVMC is Vermont’s first Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. The VNA & Hospice of SVHC is a not-for-profit organization that makes more than 30,000 home visits each year to residents of Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford. Both are a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, an integrated health system with a vision to make the communities it serves the healthiest in the nation. To learn more about SVHC, visit