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
I Can’t Stop Crying: Grief and Recovery, A Compassionate Guide
“This book looks at how being bereaved affects relationships with family and friends, lifestyle, work habits, and hopes for... read more...
In the Midst of Life: A Hospice Volunteer's Story
A memoir that captures the patient's need to have some one to talk to, listen to, and just be with. The author describes... read more...
Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, An Unexpected Journey, and Me
The author discusses his experiences taking two trained hospice volunteer dogs to visit homes and nursing facilities. read more...
Let's Talk About Cancer (podcast)
This week on the Jumping Off the Ivory Tower podcast Julie talks to Dr. Jacob McGee, who treats women’s cancers at the London... read more...
LivingMyCulture.ca
LivingMyCulture. ca shares the lived experience of sixty-four people from eleven cultures. Stories about traditions, rituals... read more...
MyALZspot
MyALZspot is a private online space for patients and families who are living with Alzheimer's Disease to share family memories,... read more...
MyGrief.ca
MyGrief. ca is an online resource to help people work through their grief from the comfort of their own home, at their own... read more...
A New Way to Understand Flow and Anxiety and States In Between for Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers
Written by David Pike, a volunteer at Calgary's Agape Hospice, this article highlights a new way for volunteers to understand... read more...
Someone Died…Now What? A personal and professional perspective on coping with grief and loss
This book shares some practical and helpful tools for dealing with grief and loss. The author shares her personal story as... read more...
Twelve Weeks in Spring: The Inspiring Story of Margaret and Her Team
When Margaret Frazer learned she had terminal cancer, many of the people whose lives she had touched developed into a smoothly... 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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