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Hospice Volunteer Program

Making the end-of-life transition more positive and comfortable through volunteering

Hospice Volunteer Program

Making a Difference

Our hospice volunteers help ease the end-of-life transition for people at home and in Aurora Zilber Family Hospice.

Hear from our volunteers to learn more about the difference you can make.


Volunteering for Hospice at Aurora Health Care

The end-of-life transition can bring uncertainty and unease for our patients and their families. Volunteering for hospice helps ease this burden by providing companionship, comfort and other services to people receiving hospice care. Our volunteers also provide support for the families of people receiving care at the end of life.

After orientation, the hospice volunteer program at Aurora Health Care matches your interests and availability with the needs of our patients. Our volunteers participate in a variety of services and duties, including:

  • Clerical work
  • Flower arrangement
  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Patient companionship
  • Special events planning

Volunteering takes place in patients’ residences and in Zilber Family Hospice, Aurora’s 18-bed inpatient hospice facility.

How to Volunteer


Begin Your Journey at Hospice Volunteer Orientation

Unlike palliative care, which focuses on comfort and stress relief from serious illness, hospice care supports people at the end of their lives. For this reason, you need to understand the challenges and changes our patient population faces.

All hospice volunteers must complete hospice volunteer orientation after submitting a volunteer application. Orientation consists of online learning videos, interactive exercises and engaging in-person instruction.

The orientation process helps you understand the unique challenges people at the end of life may face. This program prepares you to tackle some of those challenges head-on, so that you can help our patients find greater comfort and peace of mind.

Hospice Volunteer Orientation

Benefits & Stories

Experience the Benefits of Volunteering for Hospice

Participation in Aurora’s hospice volunteer program is a profoundly rewarding experience. Hear more from our hospice volunteers who work tirelessly to make a real difference in the lives of people in hospice.

Hospice Volunteers Share Their Stories

For Our Veterans

Participate in our Veterans for Veterans Hospice Program

Veterans in our volunteer program help other veterans through the end-of-life transition by providing a listening ear and comforting presence. Hospice volunteers in the Veterans for Veterans program also honor and celebrate veterans with pinning ceremonies in recognition of their service.

Read More About Veterans for Veterans


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Hospice FAQs

Get answers to common hospice volunteering questions.

Send Us a Message

Contact our volunteer coordinators with questions not addressed in our FAQs.