1:1 Palliative Care Visitor (St. Paul's Hospital)

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Position description: 

Some of the most valuable times in life are those spent with those at the end of life. Volunteers are a comfort and social support for families and patients. Volunteers must be mature, experienced and be able to make a year commitment (shifts are once a week at a regular set day and time for two hours). This is not a position for those looking to work through their own issues on death and dying, or to gain experience for future careers, but an opportunity to make the day of a patient and family very special. We are looking for volunteers who have previous experience with grief and preferably be familiar with a Palliative Care or Hospice Unit.


-Must have already completed a comparable Palliative Care Training Course for Volunteers OR have volunteered for at least 4 months at one of our Providence Health Care sites months and be willing to take our 26 hours training course (offered 1x year during evenings and weekends).

-Looking for Mature Adults, who are Emotionally Stable with Superior Communication/Listening Skills, Good Awareness of Boundaries and Sensitive to the needs of the dying and their families.

-Comfortable sitting vigil.

-Second language is an asset.

-Must be able to commit to regular weekly 2 hour shifts for at least one year.

-Must not have had a personal loss/illness/crisis within the last 12 months.

Role is suitable for: 
Additional Information: 

Reference letter can be given after 75 hours of volunteering. Criminal Record Check (will be discussed at interview)

How to apply: 
Contact person: 
Tanya Fitzpatrick
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Health, Social Services
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
Position start/end date:
1 Oct 2019 to 1 Oct 2020
Time Committment:
2 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays, Weekend
Work location:
St. Paul's Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
Palliative Care
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6