Volunteering with Hospice at HCS

you can bring comfort, care, and support


“Those who have the strength and love to sit with the dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words, will know that this moment is neither frightening or painful, but a peaceful cessation of the body.

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.”

—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



As a volunteer at Hospice at HCS, you are a key member of the Hospice team and work in conjunction with hospice nurses, social workers, and spiritual counselors.


Your role as part of the hospice team is an important one – to be with the patient and family to provide respite for caregivers, emotional support, a listening ear, as well as run errands if needed.  Hospice volunteers visit people wherever home may be—in the person’s home, in a nursing home or in an assisted living facility.


You would not provide medical care, and your are not paid for the services you provide to the patients and their families they provide.


Prior to volunteering, you would participate in a 21-hour training program to assist in understanding the concerns and feelings patients and families experience during the hospice journey.  Volunteer trainings are generally held in three hour sessions over seven weeks in the spring and fall.  The volunteer trainings are led by the Hospice at HCS Volunteer Coordinator who also serves as the supervisor for hospice volunteers.


Upcoming Training Session:

September 27 through November 8
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
HCS’ Keene office, 312 Marlboro Street

Hospice training is offered at no charge.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Lorraine Bishop at 352-2253 or by email at lbishop@HCSservices.org.