The Rewarding Experience of Being a Hospice Volunteer

Serving others at the end-of-life can be rewarding and meaningful for the patient and the volunteer. Just ask LSS employee Leigh Anne Hoormann, Service Coordinator at Dunn Road Manor, who began volunteering as a hospice companion for LSS Hospice in March 2019.

Leigh Anne wanted to give back to a program that she believes in – hospice. In her role as a Service Coordinator, Leigh Anne works with older adults facing challenging issues and she wanted to experience another angle of serving older adults. By giving a piece of her heart, Leigh Anne is building a relationship with someone living with late-stage dementia and connecting with this patient through presence, touch, prayer, and music.

Leigh Anne’s presence is also comforting to the patient’s daughter, who works fulltime and is unable to be there all the time. Leigh Anne serves with a full heart. Her compassion and commitment are hallmarks of the LSS Hospice care philosophy and team.

Become a part of the LSS Hospice Care team and make a difference serving others once a month, twice a month, or weekly, according to your availability and schedule. If you are interested in serving as a hospice volunteer, here are a few opportunities:

  • Hospice Companion: Make a difference in the lives of others by providing a supportive or spiritual presence to those facing a life-limiting illness. As a hospice volunteer, end-of-life service can be rewarding and meaningful offering opportunities for spiritual healing through companionship, prayer, scripture, music, life review as well as emotional support to families. No physical caregiving is required. All we ask for is your calming presence and serving heart. Visiting patients can take place during the day, early evenings and weekends.
  • Hospice Office Support: Join the LSS Hospice Care team assisting with administrative tasks such as assembling admission packets, filing, photocopying, preparing bereavement mailings, and helping with other duties to support the staff, families, and bereaved. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Hospice Balloon Delivery: Deliver birthday balloons to hospice patients in the St. Louis community. Select the days you’d like to serve. All supplies will be provided.
  • Vigil Volunteers: Many patients no longer have family members alive or their family lives far away. Provide a peaceful presence to patients during their last hours of life offering reassurance, prayer, music, or gentle touch.