Hospice Volunteers

Volunteering with Southeast Hospice

Hospice volunteers are a special part of the hospice support system. Besides helping families by providing much-needed rest breaks for short periods of time and running errands, hospice volunteers are good friends and good listeners to both patients and families. Special training sessions help prepare hospice volunteers for their duties. Call the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator (573-335-6208) for more information.

Types of Volunteers

Direct volunteers visit Southeast Hospice patients and their families in the patient’s home or a nursing care facility.  Services may include visiting, reading, staying with the patient while the patient’s care-giver runs an errand, or just to be a silent presence.

Direct volunteers may “take call” to assist with last-minute needs such as delivering medications to a patient’s home or nursing facility.  Since Southeast Hospice volunteers aren’t medically trained, they don’t offer hands-on medical assistance or administer medications.

Indirect volunteers don’t not have patient contact but provide essential office support, fundraising, running miscellaneous errands and working on special projects.


All Southeast Hospice volunteers complete our 12 – 15 hour-training program. This training covers the hospice philosophy and services and equips you to meet the needs of the patients, families and hospice staff/office. We also provide additional training so you may offer spiritual support, bereavement support and Recollections life review program. Our hospice volunteer coordinator also offers continuing education in-services.

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