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Patient Care and Bereavement Volunteers
Patient care and bereavement volunteers are the core of hospice. These volunteers are caring, compassionate, experienced people who want to give back to their community in a very special way.
All Camarillo Hospice patient care and bereavement vounteers are professionally screened, and must complete an intensive basic training course. This training provides great insight into the human life experience, including dying and death, and prepares the volunteer to bring the highest standards and most intuitive assistance to his or her work.
Once screened, trained and enrolled, the patient care volunteer is "matched" with and introduced to a patient and his or her family by our Director of Volunteer Services. The volunteer then begins a personal relationship with the patient and family, and a schedule of assistance is set by mutual agreement. The relationship that develops between the volunteer and the patient and family is one of friendship and respect focused upon practical and emotional support and reduced stress.
Throughout the assignment, the Director of Volunteer Services remains in regular contact with both the volunteer and the patient and family to ensure success.
Bereavement volunteers complete an additional 7 hours of training and act as support group facilitators and peer counselors. They are supervised by the Director of Counseling Services.
Fall 2016 Hospice Volunteer Training Classes
Fall 2016 volunteer training dates are scheduled for September 14 through November 2, 2016. For more information and a registration application, please click here.
From a Camarillo Hospice client…
“Thank you for your kind note on the anniversary
of Tricia's death, and
thanks to your wonderful organization, and the incredible vehicle for
recovery you offered to me, and all the others you
help. I have been able to
go on and find new
joys in life, one step at a
time—but I continue to recognize the vital hand
you offered me when I first came to Camarillo Hospice
in a blur of pain. My counselor was and is an
angel in helping me through the process.” —D.D.