Hospice Society in need of help

The Prince Rupert and District Hospice Society is hoping to find volunteers to support to patients and families dealing with death.

The Prince Rupert and District Hospice Society is hoping to find a few good men and women to help provide support to patients and families dealing with death.

“We have been running in the past with 12 volunteers, but we are down now and need five to replenish our numbers,” said Judy Riddell.

To help bolster the numbers, the group will be holding an information session at the library on Feb. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. to talk to the public about Hospice and the role of a visiting volunteer.

“We need at least 12 people to come out. We have eight at the moment and the maximum is 20,” said Riddell.

The Prince Rupert and District Hospice Society trains volunteers to support people in the final stage of their lives. Hospice volunteer visitors provide emotional and practical support for the dying person and their families during the last stage of illness, at the time of death, and during the bereavement process. Volunteers are required to complete a thirty hour training program, provide a criminal record check and references, and sign a confidentiality agreement.  The training will offer the volunteers the basic skills and knowledge needed to provide this compassionate and caring support in the hospital, at Acropolis, or in the person’s home.

Riddell said an RSVP to attend the information night would be appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. To RSVP, sign up for the training or for more information please contact the Hospice Office at 250-622-6204.