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Regional Hospice Seeks Volunteers to Help Rebuild Lives After Loss

Monday, January 25, 2010 - Danbury, CT

You can help grieving people overcome the emptiness that often accompanies loss. Regional Hospice seeks volunteers to assist with grief support offered by our Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families and within the community. A professional training program will be offered on March 1 and 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our award-winning bereavement center located at 73 Stadley Rough Road in Danbury.

Bereavement volunteers play an important role in helping those who are grieving. Through personal visits and phone calls or assisting with group meetings, bereavement volunteers provide monitoring, support and other assistance. They reach out to help grieving people establish new relationships, discover new identities, and achieve independence during their time of healing. Healing Hearts programs are free of charge to anyone in the Greater Danbury area and nearby communities.

Our professionally-led training program will provide an introduction to the hospice philosophy of patient and family care with a focus on supporting those who are experiencing grief and loss as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives. Specific training will also explore the unique needs of children. The role of bereavement volunteers will be fully explained and opportunities to work with both adults and children will be discussed.

If you would like to register for the training session, please contact Carolyn Wolfe or Maureen Decker in the Volunteer Department at Regional Hospice, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (203) 739-8315. An interview, references and a background check are required. Please register by February 12.

The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families is a program of Regional Hospice. The agency’s Caring Continuum--CARES at Home, Hospice, and Healing Hearts--provides care, comfort and compassion for those touched by life-limiting illness and loss. Regional Hospice serves the towns of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford, New Fairfield, Sherman, Wilton, Bethel, Newtown, Brookfield and Southbury, offering patients and families help with any stage of end-of-life care. Regional Hospice is an affiliate of Danbury Health Systems.