Hospice volunteers need to know that hospice work takes its specific toll. You associate with people who are going to die, and with the people
who love them. You must be able to sit quietly, take a back seat to the
events taking place around you, be a calming presence when asked to. You need to be a guest, an observer, a facilitator.
As a hospice volunteer, you need to:
Be a listener, and comfortable in silence
Know your strengths, your limits, and when to say no
Accept that needs can be physical, emotional and/or spiritual
Respect all beliefs, all religious customs and all who lack them