Hospice training offered to potential volunteers

Folks who want training for personal growth welcome

The 100 Mile House Palliative Care Society is offering the opportunity for area residents to learn to use “simple gifts” in the care of the dying and the bereaved.

It is open to those who would like to volunteer; however, others can use the training for personal growth.

The training takes place on March 1-2 and 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendance is required on all four days to complete the course.

The volunteer training program focuses on how people prepare themselves to offer the “gifts of heart, hands and presence.”

The topics include:

• Looking at our death-denying society and what that means to the dying and the grieving.

• Looking at the history of the Hospice movement in Canada, as well as the philosophy.

• The process of death.

• Pain and symptom management.

• Getting in touch with our own sense of spirituality.

• Self-care.

• Learning the skill of connected communications.

• Grief and bereavement.

• Funerals.

For those who are interested and can attend all four training sessions, application forms are available from the Hospice office or at the reception desk – both in the South Cariboo Health Centre at 555 Cedar Ave.

The application form and a pre-training meeting must be completed by Feb. 22. For more information, contact Gayle at 250-395-7680.