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September 23, 2019

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Hospice volunteer training session begins Sept. 18

Ascension at Home has been providing care to patients and families at end of life since 1985. Seasons of Life Hospice Home opened in 2000 as an alternative home for those nearing end of life. From the beginning, trained hospice volunteers have been at the heart of the care offered. This program is growing and more volunteers are needed, organizers said in a press release.

"For many years, individuals who've chosen to pursue volunteering for hospice have been able to explore a wealth of information about the end-of-life in their training sessions," the release states. "While a prerequisite to volunteering, this free education program is open to the general public for personal growth. This comprehensive course is facilitated by various professionals on the hospice team, sharing their experiences and expertise in a dynamic, interactive format."

The next session will begin soon with classes scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays beginning Sept. 18 at the Ascension at Home office, 1571 N. Hwy 51, Suite C in Arbor Vitae. The curriculum will provide a good foundation of end-of-life information, including presentations and discussions about death awareness, communications, family dynamics, terminal diseases and the dying process, pain and symptom management, medical ethics, end-of-life decisions, spirituality, grief, post-death rituals and self-care for caregivers.

Individuals who complete the five-week course may choose to continue with two additional sessions that would provide them with the more specific information needed to function as a hospice volunteer.

This class will provide valuable information for people who may be faced with caring for a loved one in the future, health care professionals, employers, college students, or anyone who is interested in exploring becoming a hospice volunteer.

The class is free to attend, but pre-registration is required by Sept. 11. To register, contact Mary Ellen at 800-234-3542 or

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