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What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?

Hospice volunteers are an important part of the hospice care team. They provide compassion and support to patients, caregivers, and hospice nurses. Hospice volunteering is a way to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others while experiencing joy and companionship that comes from serving those throughout their end-of-life care. 

Hospice volunteer reading with a hospice patient

Hospice Volunteering Opportunities 

No matter the time, talents, and knowledge you can contribute to being a hospice volunteer. There are opportunities to fit a range of skills and interests. Some of the key roles for hospice volunteers include: 

Companionship Volunteer

Companionship volunteers visit hospice patients at home or in a long-term care facility. Responsibilities of a companionship volunteer may include: 

  • Reading and talking with patients 
  • Playing games 
  • Writing letters 
  • Sharing and recording a patient’s personal story 
  • Providing respite and support to caregivers 
Hospice volunteer playing chess with a hospice patient

Hospice Doula Volunteer

Hospice doulas play a unique role by providing hospice patients and their loved ones with information, emotional support and physical comfort during and right after the dying process. Hospice doulas receive specialized training, materials, and continuous support to fulfill their volunteer responsibilities effectively. 

Pet therapy volunteer and a therapy dog visiting with a hospice patient

Pet Therapy Volunteer

Pet therapy volunteers bring their certified therapy dogs on visits to see hospice patients, helping reduce symptoms of depression and stress. Visits with animals often bring joy, humor, love, and compassion to hospice patients, enhancing their quality of life. 

Administrative Volunteer

Administrative hospice volunteers assist office staff with basic but important clerical work including mailing, making phone calls, filing, and material preparation. 

Reasons to Become a Hospice Volunteer 

In addition to benefiting hospice patients with a hospice care program near you offers personal and professional benefits, such as: 

  • Bringing comfort to someone who needs it 
  • Witnessing the beauty of families coming together 
  • Adding meaning and purpose to your life 
  • Using your skills, time, and talents for the good of others 
  • Bringing joy to others 
  • Experiencing the powerful impact of hospice care 
“Each person’s life and story are so unique, it’s fascinating to have this opportunity to be a good listener and learn so much from our patients. While the purpose of volunteering is to bless the hospice patient, the far greater blessing is truly my own!” – Darva 


Volunteer With Residential Hospice 

Becoming a hospice volunteer is a rewarding way to contribute to your community and make a significant impact in the lives of those experiencing end-of-life care. Residential Hospice is seeking dedicated hospice volunteers in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Become a hospice volunteer today!