Education & Programs 2021-03-29T11:17:01-07:00


Education & Programs

Monthly Gatherings

Each month we will gather to learn, share, exchange and support the hospice communities.  CLICK HERE to see a list of upcoming gatherings.

Bereavement Support Groups

Each of our hospice members have bereavement teams that provide support to those dealing with loss and grief.  There are many free support programs to choose from.  CLICK HERE for dates and information on how to register.

Watch the 2020 It’s Time Conference Replays:

Death: What’s Life Got to Do With It?

Self-Care:  Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First!

Brave Conversations:  Where Do We Begin?

They’re Gone: Now What?


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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 care-giving workshops, and free community end-of-life education and events. – Watch the replays below.


Grief During a Pandemic:  LISTEN TO WELCOME

What is Grief?  WATCH REPLAY

Grief During COVID-19 for Volunteers  WATCH REPLAY

The Challenges of Caring for Patients and Clients During COVID-19  WATCH REPLAY

Grief During COVID-19 for the Bereaved and those Anticipating a Loss  WATCH REPLAY

Speakers Series:  Below are replays from our first speakers in this series.

Dr. Karen Wyatt, End of Life UniversityWATCH 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.

Please check the calendar for community events. If you would like a speaker to present End of Life care education, please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.

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.