“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

– Oscar Wilde


If you’re not sure,
this may help you decide.

Do you want to make a difference for people at the end of their life journey?

Home Hospice North Lanark (HHNL) visiting volunteers provide a gentle presence and companionship to people at the end of life, their families and caregivers. Visiting volunteers are trained to provide support to clients and their families. They are exceptional listeners, compassionate, adaptable to change, and respect the beliefs of the individuals and families that they visit. Hospice volunteers may be unpaid, but they are priceless.

Hospice & Palliative Care Training Course

Visiting volunteers must complete an approved 30 hour program to meet the Hospice Association of Ontario (HPCO) standards. The training brings together volunteers for a time of shared learning and relationship building. At the end of the training program, volunteers will meet with the Program Coordinators to discuss next steps with the candidate. A vulnerable sector police check will be required.

If you are thinking about becoming a hospice volunteer, please contact us at or call 613-406-7020.

Our Hospice Visiting Volunteers each bring unique gifts to their home visiting including: a gentle presence, compassion and kindness, listening to life stories/life review, spending  quiet time, sharing a cup of tea and a visit, sharing hobbies/ interests, helping to write letters or cards, playing a game of cards, praying with a person/family if requested and honouring client’s beliefs, incorporating music, supporting  the caregiver and offering grief companionship.

Visiting Volunteers work under the close supervision of the Program Coordinators, attend monthly meetings, are required to follow policies of HHNL and maintain confidentiality at all times.