Education & Programs
We are bringing end of life education, grief recovery and caregiver support to the greater Sacramento area. Throughout the year, the Sacramento Hospice Consortium participates in community health and resource fairs, provides caregiving workshops, and free community end-of-life education and events.
Grief During a Pandemic: Members of our bereavement teams will provide callers an opportunity to learn about the collective grief we are feeling and provide some tools to support your process.
Thursday, July 16: What is Grief? WATCH REPLAY
Thursday, July 30: Grief During COVID-19 for Volunteers
Thursday, August 13: The Challenges of Caring for Patients and Clients During COVID-19
Thursday, August 27: Grief During COVID-19 for the Bereaved and those Anticipating a Loss
Speakers Series: Below are replays from our first speakers in this series.
Dr. Karen Wyatt, End of Life University – WATCH REPLAY (Note: The recording begins right after the first question: How did you get started working in hospice?)
Michele Mariscal, PhD, The Grief Recovery Method WATCH REPLAY
Myra Bennett, Compassionate Crossings, End of Life Guide, WATCH REPLAY
For community members
- Hospice Volunteer Training
- Annual Symposium
- Community forums for open conversation about death, dying, and grief
- Facilitated conversations about end-of-life planning
- An annual series of documentary films
- Art and writing workshops for exploring loss, grief, and healing
- Presentations by local and national experts
Partnerships with other service providers to raise awareness throughout our community.
For clinicians and caregivers
- Presentations about various aspects of end-of-life care by our clinicians and educators
- Continuing education programs for professionals
- Training on complementary therapies
- In-service presentations for our clinical partners
For Hospice and Home Health Agencies
- Hospice Volunteer Education day – A day of education for hospice volunteers and caregivers working in end of life care.
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities available at hospices in the Sacramento Hospice Consortium. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at your hospice of interest to find out what is currently available and the qualifications that are needed.
Patient Care Volunteers: Volunteers provide emotional support and practical assistance that improves quality of life wherever the dying patient resides. Companionship, caregiver relief, errands and light housekeeping are ways to assist.
Palliative Care Volunteers: Companionship and caregiver relief for those with chronic illnesses.
Spiritual Care Volunteers: Volunteers who support the Spiritual Care Counselor’s plan of care for the patient and/or family members.
Office Support Volunteers: Reception/answering telephones, data base work, general office work, and special projects.
Fundraising Volunteers: Volunteers who assist with fundraising efforts and events.
Bereavement Volunteers: Volunteers make telephone calls to the bereaved, help with mailings; assist in children’s groups and adult groups.
Pet Therapy: Certified pet therapy teams visit facilities and homes.
Outreach Volunteers: Volunteers who support educational programs.
Music Volunteers: Live music brings peace to the bedside.
Music and Memory Volunteers: In Certified Music and Memory programs the volunteer researches the dementia patient’s favorite music throughout their lives, loads it onto an iPod and brings it to the bedside. This personalized music uncovers memories associated with the music.
We Honor Our Veterans Volunteers: Veteran to Veteran companionship and honoring of the Veteran hospice patient through ceremony.
Massage/Reiki Volunteers: Volunteers with massage or Reiki certification bring comfort and relaxation.
Vigil Volunteers: Volunteers sit vigil in the patient’s last days/hours of life.
Aromatherapy Volunteers: Volunteers bring comfort and peace through addressing the body, mind and spirit using natural essential oils.
Comfort Touch Volunteers: Trained comfort touch volunteers bring comfort, deep relaxation and relief from pain.
Flower Delivery: Flowers donated from events or grown especially for the hospice program are delivered to the hospice’s office so the team can take them out to patients and family members.