For Volunteers

Volunteers are vital members of the palliative care team. The Canadian Virtual Hospice recognizes that palliative care volunteers spend their time supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The dedication and support shown by volunteers is one reason palliative care is so widely regarded as compassionate care.

For Volunteers is intended for volunteers and volunteer managers to showcase and share valuable resource material so that we may benefit from each other’s experiences. 
 

Manager Resources
Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
Using a Buddhist approach to death, the author affirms that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help... read more...
Bereavement Volunteer Handbook
This handbook was developed by the staff and volunteers working with Palliative Manitoba to guide volunteers working in bereavement... read more...
NewCanada Bereavement Registry
Helping the bereaved by stopping direct mail and phone calls to the deceased. On average, a deceased person will continue... read more...
Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers
Dr. Wolfelt, a respected grief educator, presents a model for grief counseling based on his "companioning" principles. read more...
Compassionate Care Course
This page on Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba's website summarizes the objectives and topics addressed in their basic volunteer... read more...
Crossing Boundaries: Issues for hospice palliative care volunteers
This research synopsis highlights the need for education, policies and procedures related to boundary issues in volunteer... read more...
Cultural & Spiritual Sensitivity: A Learning Module for Health Care Professionals
A self-learning module to understand one's own cultural and spiritual beliefs and to assist in providing culturally sensitive... read more...
Cultural Traditions and Health Care Beliefs of Some Older Adults
This resource was developed to provide an overview of some common cultural beliefs and traditions in the context of health... read more...
Death, Dying and Social Differences
"How often in palliative care do you hear patients referred to as a 'case of this' or 'a case of that'? This book serves... read more...
A Dictionary of Patients’ Spiritual and Cultural Values for Healthcare Professionals
A general guide meant to describe beliefs and practices generally found within a particular cultural or religious group. read more...
Volunteer Resources
GetPalliativeCare.org
Getpalliativecare. org is an American website which provides  palliative care information for people coping with serious,... read more...
Hospice Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada: How will they co-exist?
With all of the media coverage and polarized opinions surrounding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), patients need to know... read more...

For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact your local or provincial palliative care office.

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