Hospice volunteer classes start Tuesday in Cambria

cambrian@thetribunenews.comMarch 20, 2014 

A six-week series of volunteer training sessions organized by Hospice SLO begins Tuesday, March 25, in Cambria.

The training, totaling 24 hours, covers communication skills, family dynamics, hospice history and philosophy, cultural and spiritual issues, palliative care, the grief process and increasing quality of life throughout the lifespan.

The training is the primary requirement for volunteering with Hospice SLO’s in-home respite, hospital vigil and pet programs, but all interested members of the community may attend for purposes of personal growth and education by learning more about hospice concepts in the care and support of those with a terminal or life-threatening illness.

“By soulfully examining our own experiences with and awareness of end of life issues,” organizers say, “we may become much-needed support for those facing a life-threatening illness, death and grief.”

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of three to four hours per week for up to six months.

The four-hour sessions run from 12:30 to 4:30 Tuesdays on March 25 and all five Tuesdays in April at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

A $30 fee covers the cost of a training manual. Bilingual individuals are encouraged to participate. Those planning to attend should call 544-2266 or email Sonnie Brown at sonniebrown@hospiceslo.org or Julie Wilson at juliewilson@hospiceslo.org.

A series of training classes will also be held in Templeton beginning in July.

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