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Valley hospice volunteer training set for March 7

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EDWARDS — Hospice of the Valley will host comprehensive training sessions for volunteers in Eagle County on March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again on March 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. The 12 hours of preparation, combined within the Saturday and Sunday sessions, is required to meet compliance standards of the nonprofit organization. The direct-care training is provided to prospective Hospice of the Valley volunteers who would like to be of comfort to those with a terminal illness.

Training topics will include: dispelling hospice myths, how to be a good listener, care and comfort measures, guidelines for spiritual care, family systems and understanding grief and bereavement. Gail Britt, volunteer coordinator and chaplain of Hospice of the Valley Edwards, will facilitate the training.

“It’s difficult to imagine that in the final months or even weeks of a person’s life, it is possible to live as well as one can,” Britt said. “When a patient, surrounded by the comforts of home, family and friends, connects with our certified, direct care volunteers, and a staff who is versed in pain management and emotional and spiritual wellness, the patient’s quality of life, even as it approaches its end, can be a vivid and deep experience for both the patient and loved ones.”

If you have an interest in attending these classes, or have any other questions, email Britt at the Edwards office at gbritt@hchotv.org.