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Hospice Volunteer Training - Essex, Hudson, Morris and Union Counties


Barnabas Health Hospice will host a training program for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer in Essex, Hudson, Morris or Union Counties. The program will be held on eight consecutive Tuesdays, beginning September 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Barnabas Health Corporate Office located at 95 Old Short Hills Road in West Orange.

The volunteer training program is designed to give participants an understanding of the needs of patients and families who are coping with advanced illness. Program topics include Hospice History and Philosophy, Hospice Nursing, Spirituality in Hospice, Personal Death Awareness, Listening, and theNuts and Bolts of Volunteering. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be connected with patients in close proximity to where they reside.

Class size is limited. For more information, or to register, please contact Spiro Ballas, Barnabas Health Hospice, at 973-322-4866 or

"In as few as three hours a week, volunteers can make a tremendous difference in the life of a patient coping with advanced illness," explains Ballas. "Volunteers can read to patients, hold their hand, or just spend time with them while their loved ones take a breather. They are also a resource to families, typically helping by listening to their thoughts and concerns or assisting them with small tasks. When you volunteer for hospice you get back as much as you give."

For more information about Barnabas Health Hospice volunteer opportunities and trainings, please visit

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