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Gundersen Lutheran looking for hospice volunteers

Published On: Apr 17 2013 11:55:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2013 08:15:03 AM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

An increase in hospice patients is increasing the demand for volunteers at Gundersen Lutheran.

The hospital is looking for caring and compassionate individuals to share their time.

Volunteers train for 12 hours spread between three weeks, learning about end of life care, family dynamics, and other essential skills needed for hospice.

Gundersen offers the training once a year and this year's training starts on Monday the 29th.

The coordinator says it usually involves simple things like playing games or running errands.

Most importantly, it gives family and caretakers some time to rest. "They are angels in disguise, they come in, give up their time, expect nothing in return, and families don't understand why people would want to volunteer and give of this," said Gundersen's Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator Jody Jack-Tranberg.

Last year's hospice volunteers at Gundersen Lutheran logged more than 2,000 hours of time.  

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