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. 
 

Volunteer Resources
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes
This book honors every person's entitlement to a peaceful, pain-free death, with true stories about hospice patients and... read more...
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with “death in the room,” from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young... read more...
NewCancer is a Human Experience: Six-part video series
This series of short videos focuses on the patient and family experience around the impacts of advanced cancer, treatment,... read more...
Celebrated Lives
Testimonials from families often recognize the important role of the volunteer as a member of the health care team and the... read more...
Communicating at the End of Life: Finding Magic in the Mundane
Recounts the stories of Foster and six other volunteers and their communicative experiences with dying patients, using communication... read more...
Conversations on Dying: A Palliative Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death
Dr. Larry Librach was a well known  leader in the field of Palliative Care, including being the Director of the Tammy Latner... read more...
Courageous Parents Network
A website which provides parents and families of children living with serious illness with expert guidance and a virtual... read more...
Death By Design (podcast)
We must become the designer of our own destination. We must learn how to build the pathways to our last chapter by creating... read more...
NewDeath Happens! So Let’s Talk About How We Die (public forum)
A public forum was held by The Centre for Palliative Care on the topic of palliative care. The purpose of this forum was... read more...
'Does cancer not care I have plans?': Terminal diagnosis forces author to grab hold of life
Listen to a conversation with author Kate Bowler who was interviewed on "The Current" (CBC radio). Kate is the author of... read more...
NewThe Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit
The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit will equip you with essential information about the Compassionate Community framework... read more...
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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