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Hospice helps people to live with dignity surrounded by love and caring as they proceed through that final journey of life.

Our trained volunteers provide emotional and social support for those facing a life threatening illness and their family and friends.

Richmond Hospice Volunteer Qualifications
  • Has taken the Richmond Hospice Volunteer Training Course based on the BC Hospice Palliative Care volunteer training standard
  • Has a genuine interest in the hospice palliative care concept
  • Is willing to listen without judgment
  • Is warm, friendly and mature
  • Respects religious beliefs of others without imposing their own beliefs
  • Respects confidentiality at all times
  • Is willing to participate in ongoing training and supervision
  • Is willing to see patients in hospital or community for continuity
  • Is willing to share pertinent information with members of the health care team
  • Is willing to be a supportive member of the health care team
  • Is willing to follow guidelines developed with the hospital.
What Our Volunteers Do
  • Richmond Hospice Volunteer program provides visitors to the Richmond Hospital Supportive and Palliative Care Unit
  • Visit terminally-ill individuals in their homes or in care facilities
  • Visit residents in the Rotary Hospice House
  • Relaxation Group
  • Bereavement Walking Group
  • Bereavement phone support
  • Clerical office support
  • Various fundraising programs including annual events “Celebrate a Life”, “Hike For Hospice” and special events.
  • Become a member of our Board of Directors


Hospice Volunteer Training

The Richmond Hospice Association’s training follows the guidelines as set out by the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association’s 2008 model of training. This training is meant to provide standardization amongst all volunteers throughout British Columbia.

Training registration requires a formal application form and intake. Training cost is $125.00 payable by cheque to the Richmond Hospice Association prior to the first module. This fee includes all materials, speakers etc.

The training is 30 hours over two weeks plus shadowing (of up to 10 hours) and includes the following areas of concentration:

  • Background of Palliative Care and Hospice
  • Medical Care
  • Loss, Grief & Bereavement Care/Self-Care for the Volunteer & Caregiver
  • Personal/Practical Care in each setting
  • Spiritual Care/Psychosocial Care
  • Communication/Active Volunteering
  • Planning a Funeral

Current Training Schedule:
The next training session will be scheduled in 2016. Completion of a pre-training registration and an interview are required prior to the start of training.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with the Richmond Hospice Association, please contact Jennifer Dufour, Coordinator of Volunteers, directly at 604-279-7142 or by email coordinatorvolunteerresources@telus.net, or call the office at 604-279-7140.

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