Hospice Seeks Bereavement Volunteers
Published: March 23rd, 2010

NORWICH – Hospice of Chenango County has a unique opportunity for caring individuals to volunteer in their Bereavement Department. The non-profit health care agency seeks to train up to eight persons due to an increase in demand for services from Hospice families, and the community at large.

After a Hospice patient dies, a designated Social Worker provides bereavement care for at least thirteen months. This time frame encompasses an entire calendar year of firsts; the first Thanksgiving without the loved one; the first birthday or wedding anniversary, etc. “Significant dates can trigger a grief response greater than the survivor might expect,” says Bereavement Coordinator Brenda Birdsall. “We want to make sure we’re available to lend emotional support when it’s needed the most.”

Birdsall will hold two mandatory training sessions for potential Bereavement Volunteers, the first on Thursday, April 8, and another a week later on April 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hospice office on Hayes Street in Norwich. Trainees will learn how to make phone calls to families in that 13-month post death period, as well as help Birdsall prepare for or co-facilitate grief support groups and workshops.

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