Hospice & Palliative Care

About Hospice & Palliative Care
Bon Secours Hospice is a program that affirms the dignity of life. It serves people affected by an advanced illness by providing comprehensive compassionate care while respecting each individual's need, beliefs, and wishes. Hospice helps patients live comfortably in their final days and helps families cope with the care and ultimate loss of their loved one. Although it is home centered, hospice care can be provided in a variety of settings.

About Volunteering
Hospice volunteers are a vital part of the Hospice Care Team. They serve as helping hands, companions and sympathetic listeners. They assist with patient and family care as well as community outreach and education and office needs. They also serve as speakers, educators and help with special needs.

Our hospice program has volunteer opportunities in Richmond, Amelia, Charles City, Goochland, King & Queen, King William, New Kent and Powhatan Counties. If you have a skill that you think we can use such as playing an instrument, singing, graphic design, promotion or fundraising, we would like to hear your ideas and utilize your special talents.

Download the Hospice Volunteer brochure

Volunteer Requirements
While no special skills are needed to be a hospice volunteer, we do require that you have your own means of transportation and are 18 years of age or older. The time commitment is two to four hours per month.

Click on the link below to see a listing of current volunteer placements and details regarding duties and responsibilities for each

Community Outreach Opportunity Directory

How to Volunteer

Our goal is to work with you to make the volunteer application process as seamless as possible.

  • Complete this application
  • Volunteer attends training session. You do not have to decide to volunteer until you complete a one day training session.
  • Bon Secours Richmond completes the reference check.
  • The volunteer completes TB testing and obtains an ID badge while Bon Secours Richmond conducts a background check and drug screening at no charge to applicant.
  • The volunteer gets staff training and assignment.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Patient/Family Support

  • Vigil Volunteers (need one year of hospice exposure)
  • Skilled Nursing Facility, Assisted Living Facility or Hospital Ambassador
  • Visiting patient homes
  • Running errands
  • Special projects: yard work, clean up and out


  • Low-risk telephone support calls
  • Grief & Loss Support Groups
  • Office support


  • Data entry
  • Medical records filing
  • Answering telephones
  • Preparing admission and information packets
  • Copying and faxing
  • Newsletter

Special Projects

  • Hospitality
  • Mailings
  • Phone calls
  • Expos and fairs

Speakers' Bureau

  • Churches
  • Civic organizations
  • Non-profits

For more information about opportunities in the Richmond area please contact Barbara Palmer at (804) 627-5360 or barbara_palmer@bshsi.org.

Fast Facts:

  1. Must be over 18 to volunteer.
  2. Weekend and evening hours are available.
  3. Minimum requirement is two to four hour per month.
  4. Locations will vary.
  5. Personal transportation required.

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