McLean offers hospice volunteer training

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The McLean Hospice team is seeking compassionate and mature individuals who are able to provide social support for adults who are facing terminal illnesses. Hospice volunteers may visit patients and families in their homes, apartments, or in nursing facilities to provide companionship, a listening ear and a caring presence. They may also help families with specific tasks such as running an errand or walking a dog. McLean also has a need for volunteers qualified to do complementary therapies such as Reiki, music or pet therapy. Whether you are a kind spirit wanting to sit with people at end-of-life, or a person with specific talents you hope to share, we can help you find the best ways to give of your time and talents for volunteer work with McLean Hospice.

The next Hospice volunteer training program will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The training is a combination of online education, followed by five classroom sessions in October. These classes will be conducted at the McLean Health Center in Simsbury and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The training assures that new volunteers know what to expect in their role, and helps them to understand the many issues surrounding terminal illness and the dying process.

McLean Hospice cares for adults of all ages in the Farmington Valley and surrounding towns of Bloomfield, West Hartford and Windsor.

To request an application and to schedule an interview for consideration as a prospective volunteer, please contact Chris Novak at or 860-658-3907 by July 15. Individuals who have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year should postpone their participation for at least one year.