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Wednesday , March , 21 2018



Bereavement Volunteers

Bereavement volunteers assist those who have experienced the loss of someone close. They might make support calls, meet one-on-one with individuals, or co-facilitate grief support groups. Support is offered during the year following the death of a loved one. One-on-one visits may take place in a home, coffee shop, or another location where the bereaved is most comfortable meeting. Volunteers listen and help the bereaved to discover resources available to them. Grief Support Groups are offered in various communities in our service area.


The Bereavement Training is a 12-hour training designed to prepare new volunteers for their role in working with individuals who have experienced a significant loss. Training is 2 times per week for 3 hours. Additional training is offered for those interested in co-facilitating Grief Support Groups (prerequisite: Bereavement Training).

There is also a 3 hour orientation for new volunteers.

Our Bereavement Services staff provides the training and some of the topics include:

  • Introduction to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice
  • Boundaries of the Volunteer Role
  • The Hospice Philosophy
  • Tasks of Mourning
  • The Skills of Companioning
  • Active Listening
  • Grief and Depression
  • Suicide/Homicide

For the upcoming training schedule click on the Training Calendar.