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The Volunteer Process




The Commitment for Volunteering

In addition to agreeing to be available 3 to 4 hours a week for at least a 6-month period, you will be required to attend in-services and meetings throughout the year and participate in a TB screening (at no charge and conducted at our hospice office). Since the onset of COVID-19, the additional requirement is that all volunteers show proof of vaccination. This is in keeping with the State of New Mexico Department of Health mandates.

Joy and Rewards of Volunteering

A Del Corazon Hospice Volunteer agrees to companion someone from the community during a most critical time . . . at the end of life. The work of a hospice volunteer is personally gratifying and deeply meaningful. Our volunteers express a sincere desire to give back and to make a difference in the lives of others. Working with hospice patients is rewarding in return. And volunteering often helps one to come to terms with their own mortality while at the same time it instills an appreciation of life. Volunteering for those at the end of life often helps one to prepare for the changes that they themselves will one day experience with their own loved ones.

Being invited into the last days of someone’s life is an honor. Holding a space for one during their dying journey also allows us to focus on what’s really important in our own life. While the work is not always easy, the rewards are enormous! A hospice volunteer has the opportunity to learn and to grow and perhaps even to discover some pretty amazing things about themselves. Volunteers say that they feel they receive much more than they give.

The Volunteer Training

To ensure consistency and that each volunteer is prepared for the experiences of being with the dying, Del Corazon Hospice requires volunteers to participate in an orientation training. We provide this training at no charge.

Training includes:

  • Introduction and brief history of the hospice movement
  • Hospice trailblazers
  • Philosophy of hospice
  • Mission and vision of Del Corazon Hospice
  • Importance of Confidentiality
  • Clinical Team members
  • Psychosocial Team members
  • Sharing the gift of presence
  • Bearing witness
  • Communicating with your patient
  • Understanding dementia
  • Addressing spiritual needs
  • Signs of dying
  • Grief and Bereavement Support

Call (505) 988-2049 the Del Corazon Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for more information and to sign up for the next scheduled training.