What is a Vigil Volunteer?
The vigil volunteer program provides an experienced presence at the bedside of dying patients and their family/caregiver. Vigil volunteers are trained in the particular needs of a person who is approaching death. They provide companionship, support, information, guidance and expertise to patients, their families and caregivers. The vigil volunteer can meet the needs of dying patients in any care setting. At times when there is no one else to be with the patient in their final days or hours the vigil volunteer can provide this service. When there are family members present, they often need an understanding guide to steer them through the final hours and days, relieving their anxiety over the unknown. Hospice staff and volunteers often become a supportive extended family for dying patients and their families.
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