Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers is offering a nine-week hospice volunteer training program,Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from March 27 through May 22, at 34 Old County Road, Rockport. The 30-hour course is designed to prepare volunteers to enter an end-of-life situation and be poised, present and ready to help. Hospice volunteers provide help and support wherever patients reside, whether in their own homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes, during a period of hospitalization or at the Sussman Hospice House.

Volunteers help in many ways. They can sit with a patient, hold their hand, offer friendly support and companionship, read to a patient, help with tasks and chores, run errands, assist at mealtime or offer respite time for family members. Most of all, they offer a caring and listening presence and comforting support to hospice patients and their family members. In addition, volunteers can offer bereavement support to family members following the death of a loved one.

Coastal Family Hospice volunteers provide volunteer support to MaineHealth Care at Home hospice patients, in Knox County and at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

For more information, contact Holly Lakey, program director, at 230-0042 or Applications for the training class can be downloaded from the CFHV website: