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Hospice Society of Camrose and District – Volunteer Training
May 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Being with Dying – Volunteer Training Program
The Hospice Society of Camrose and District offers a comprehensive hospice training program over three weekends. Presented by a team of educators, counsellors, and nurses from the Camrose community, the course provides participants with a deeper understanding of how to face the dying process oneself and how to accompany others. Our training approaches hospice work by emphasizing one’s own inner peace as the basis for being with another. In the training, caregivers explore their own relationship to loss and suffering and, through engaging their own process, are more able to offer a presence of quietude and grace. As volunteers will be working with people from all faith traditions, an openness and acceptance of other beliefs is integral to our work. It is of equal value that volunteers be grounded in and develop their own spiritual practice.
Spiritual Care & Self Care: Grace and compassion for self and other
“Spiritual Care and Self Care” emphasizes the spiritual dimensions of the dying process – for many, this stage in life can offer gifts of deeper awareness, forgiveness, and healing. Dying can also come with a great deal of worry, stress and burden for caregivers. For this reason, self-care is considered an essential element of hospice support.
Sessions are Fridays (7–9pm) and Saturdays (9–4pm). Except for the introduction, Friday evening sessions are optional and will emphasize the contemplative elements of hospice care. Those who wish to become volunteer caregivers will complete all sessions.