Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County values our relationships with area churches. Communities of all denominations have partnered with us to enhance members' ability to respond with compassionate care when end-of-life and bereavement support is needed. See below examples of programs that can be designed according to church communities' needs.
Patient Care and Caregiver Support, Bereavement Support, Community Education
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is always looking for volunteers of many types: Patient Care Volunteers – offering support to individuals living at the end of life and their caregivers; Bereavement Facilitators – offering support to those grieving the loss of a loved one; Special Events Volunteers – helping to plan and carry out special community and fundraising events; Office Volunteers – helping in the office with mailings, phone coverage and other projects; Board of Directors – volunteers serve as Board members and provide both insight and elbow grease to the organization’s programs. Patient Care and Bereavement Volunteers receive extensive training in direct-service to patients and/or families and are strongly supported by HVHC staff in their service. Our Volunteer Training Sessions are held twice annually, in the spring and fall. Let us know if you would like to be put on a mailing list about upcoming trainings.
Community Education Programs
HVHC can offer educational programs to church groups on topics related to end-of-life needs or issues related to grieving the loss of a loved one. Programs can be tailored to a specific group’s interests.
Compassion: The Healing Power of Life and Death
This four-week program about various aspects of end-of-life care-giving can be arranged for community groups and has been particularly popular with church groups and teams of medical service providers. The program enables people in the community to offer stronger support to family and friends. It is specifically for those who are caring for ill or elderly family members or friends, members of the community who want to offer more care to others, and anyone who wishes to learn more about end-of-life issues and planning, and enhance their care-giving skills.
Crisis Intervention and Support
In the unfortunate situation where a community has a loss that is felt by members en masse, HVHC staff and volunteers can provide group support and education.
Veterans and Caregivers Outreach Program
HVHC’s Veterans and Caregivers Outreach Program has been developed to ensure that the veterans, their caregivers and grieving family members who are served through our programs are served with compassionate awareness for the special needs associated with their veteran status. This awareness is interwoven through our Patient Care program, our Bereavement services and our Community Education. We are looking for veterans who would be interested in volunteering to serve other veterans in these ways.
Bereavement Training for Professionals
This is a six-week training program for those who are serving others in a work-related capacity (Pastors, Social Workers, Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, etc.) and would like to know more about the grieving process to be able to more effectively support those who are grieving.