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Hospice Volunteer Trainings

Ellsworth – Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering two training series beginning mid-April, one for Hospice Patient Care Volunteers and one Bereavement Training for Professionals (Clergy, Social Workers, Medical Personnel, and others who serve people who may be grieving). Hospice Patient Care Volunteer training sessions will be held from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Thursdays from April 12 through June 7. Bereavement Training for Professionals will be held Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. April 18 through May 23. Cost for the Patient Care Volunteer training is $75 and the Professional Bereavement training fee is $150.

Both of these trainings are comprehensive, providing education, skills-enhancement and personal and professional development. Each session focuses on a topic related to hospice and/or grief, including life-limiting illness, communication skills, family dynamics under stress, spirituality in end-of-life, supporting caregivers and/or support group facilitation, plus many others. Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County volunteers are well-supported in their roles by a large network of colleagues.

Participants in previous trainings provide enthusiastic feedback on these offerings, finding it meaningful and something they would recommend to others. From a recent participant in a professional training series: “Good information, great discussion and space for sharing ideas.
I appreciated that we had time for inter-active discussions as I always find that helpful in retaining and processing the important material being presented.”

The training programs require an application and pre-training interview, so the deadline for applying is April 6. Please call 667-2531 or visit the HVHC website for more information: www.hospiceofhancock.org.

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