June was graduation month for 13 Midcoast residents as they completed the 30-hour training required to become Hospice Volunteers.The training prepares volunteers to walk into an end-of-life situation and be poised, present and ready to help.

Founded in 1979, Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers provides volunteer support to Maine Health Care at Home (Formerly Kno-Wal-Lin) hospice patients and their families in Knox and Lincoln counties and at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

For those faced with a terminal diagnosis, hospice care embraces the whole person and their family. Hospice care is provided by a team of caregivers, including physicians, nurses, social workers and ministers and volunteers. Hospice providers seek to bring comfort and support to patients and their families, with the goal of creating a caring circle around members of our community when they may need it most.

To learn about becoming a hospice volunteer, or for more information, call the CFHV office at 593-9355.