Gaston Hospice


All volunteers, must attend a minimum 12 hour volunteer training class. Each volunteer receives extensive training from our hospice staff that equips them to work closely with you and your family during your time with Gaston Hospice. Bereavement volunteers receive additional training after completing the initial training class.

Individuals must complete the following requirements in order to be a Gaston Hospice volunteer:

  • Application and interview process
  • Reference and background check
  • Annual TB test
  • 8-12 hours of continuing education hours for office and family support volunteers every year
  • Volunteers receive comprehensive training on such topics as: hospice philosophy and concepts of care, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of terminal illness, symptom management, family dynamics and coping, emergency procedures, safety issues, confidentiality and patient rights, procedure for death occurring in the home, grief and bereavement, documentation and recordkeeping, universal precautions.
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to four hours weekly for at least a one year commitment after the completion of training.

Volunteer training is offered three times throughout the year. Attendance every day is mandatory per Medicare policy. Please submit an application on the Gaston Hospice website if interested in becoming a volunteer.

Volunteers are encouraged to wait a year after the death of a loved one before becoming a Gaston Hospice Volunteer, to allow time for the processing of their own grief.

Questions? Contact Julie Young, Volunteer Coordinator, at