hospice concept of care represents a continually growing
trend in world health practices. In 1973, there was one
hospice in the United States; by 2000 there were nearly
3000 hospices caring for over 400,000 patients annually,
and the numbers continue to grow.
As an integral part of the hospice team, the volunteer
is crucial to the quality of care any hospice can offer.
Volunteers must be caring and emotionally mature individuals
who are comfortable with the issues of death and dying
and are committed to their work. Volunteers gain tremendous
satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of
others and continually report personal rewards, individual
growth and increased self-knowledge from their experiences