Nelson & District Hospice Society offers a 30-hour volunteer training that complies with BCHPCA standards on an annual basis.  The training is typically offered over the course of two weekends spaced three weeks apart.  The cost for the 30-hour training is $100. We welcome anyone who wishes to receive hospice training, even those who may not become volunteers for Nelson Hospice.  

If you would like to take our hospice training, begin your journey by filling out the form below.


1) Complete the application, including 2 written references.  Please have these references available in either .pdf or .doc format before you fill out this application, as you will need to attach them to this form before you can submit it.  

2) Once the application is submitted, you will be added to list of trainees awaiting training and you will be notified as soon as new dates for training are scheduled.  This may take some time depending on when you submit your application.

3) Anyone who completes the training and wishes to begin providing volunteer hospice services in Nelson must complete a criminal record check before volunteering can begin.


List of necessary qualities as a hospice volunteer:

 · Good communication skills

· Ease with people who are ill, including a sensitivity to their special needs

· Willingness to be open and to learn from others

· Ability to grow in self-knowledge

· Respect for philosophical or spiritual beliefs other than one’s own

· Ability to be non-judgmental about others lifestyles and choices

· Ability to define personal time limits and commitments

· Respect for the confidences of clients, family members and their friends

· Ability to be honest with one’s self and others

· Ability to work with others in a team situation


Applications to our training program are carefully reviewed and assessed with the following in mind:

 • realistic expectation of what hospice is and is not

• availability of applicant including last minute referrals and crisis support

• unresolved grief issues and/or other issues related to a loss in the past year

• ability to commit to participation in full training

• self-awareness around personal boundaries, biases, beliefs and motivations regarding providing care to the dying and death in general

• willingness to accept that a client has moved from the medical model of “cure” to the hospice/palliative care model of “care” and to accept a client’s impending death

• ability to separate one’s own experiences of death with an individual client’s death

• ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries between yourself and a client

• ability to “be” with a client (sometimes in silence) and not “do” when a client is near death

• ability to provide companionship to clients who may be dealing with on-going, complicated pain management issues



Nelson & District Hospice Society

Volunteer Application

It is mandatory that all potential volunteers attend the full training as well as participate in a preliminary interview with the area coordinator. A criminal record check, two references and a signed confidentiality form will also be required. Trainees may not begin volunteering until all of these requirements are met.

Everyone must submit an application, even if you do NOT intend to become a Nelson Hospice volunteer.

Please complete and click submit.  Your application will be routed to the area office in which you wish to volunteer (Nelson, Crawford Bay).

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  • *Volunteers must be of legal age to work one-on-one with hospice clients.
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“Life is pleasant.
Death is peaceful.
It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”

Isaac Asimov