What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?

Our volunteers provide non-medical support to those with life-limiting illness, primarily as part of a team of professionals and volunteers that includes the nurses, social workers, home health aides, and chaplain of Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health and Hospice, a Medicare-certified hospice in our service area. We contract with Kno-Wal-Lin to provide the Medicare-required volunteer component.

CFHV volunteers are trained for their work in a 30-hour course offered at least once annually. The training emphasizes those skills, including active listening, that go into being a caring, nonjudgmental presence in the lives of those we serve.

Depending on the needs of a patient or family, a volunteer might bring mostly practical support to a case, in the form of running errands, providing occasional transportation, researching community resources, or giving a caregiver respite for several hours a week. In some cases, the volunteer’s role may be best described as that often filled by an attentive friend or neighbor, someone who brings emotional support to patient or caregivers.

Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers offers a variety of bereavement services, all of which are open to the general public.

Our bereavement mailings are sent over a 13-month period to those grieving a loss. The first six mailings arrive monthly, then at slightly longer intervals. If you would like to receive our mailings, at no charge, you may call us at 207-593-9355 for more information.

Our volunteers are trained to provide one-to-one bereavement support. That support may take the form of meetings over a cup of tea or coffee, telephone conversations, or quiet companionship.

Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers also offers support meetings for those facing a recent loss, along with as-needed support groups specific to a particular type of loss, including loss of a child or loss through suicide.

Those grieving the loss of a spouse or partner may wish a referral to the Grieving Partners support group, which meets weekly in Rockland. For more information, please call Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers at 207-593-9355.

Our annual Service of Faith and Remembrance, held before Christmas, is a nondenominational service that includes a candlelight tribute to family members and friends who have died recently, or in the more distant past.