Opportunity Details

Health & Wellness, Senior Services
Families, Low-income communities, Military/Veterans, People with Disabilities, People with Health-based Concerns

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Vigil Volunteer for Hospice Patients

Hospice's Vigil Volunteer Program is designed to provide a compassionate, loving presence to hospice patients who are actively dying. As patients begin to draw closer to death and make their final Transition, Vigil Volunteers comfort patients emotionally and spiritually, ensuring that they do not die alone. Vigil Volunteers receive specialized training to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of approaching death and how to provide support to patients, in addition to loved ones and caregivers, if present at the time. Volunteers can sit with patients for varying lengths of time, including day, evening or overnight, as available.


Vigil Opportunities are available throughout Baltimore City/County and Howard, Harford & Anne Arundel Counties and invite volunteers to offer the following in the way of presence and care:

~ reading poetry, prayers and devotions that have meaning for the patient

~ providing soothing music and peaceful sounds of nature through voice, instrument or electronic device

~ storytelling with family and loved ones present during vigil visit

~ ensuring patients are comfortable and pain-free

~ sitting quietly while holding a patient's hand


A Background Check, 2 References, Tuberculosis Testing (TB) and Opportunity-specific training are required for this role and are provided by our hospice agency.

For more information, please visit the Heartland Hospice website at https://www.heartlandhospice.com/find-an-agency/heartland-hospice-services-of-baltimore/?contentIdString=14460&contentNameString=Volunteering

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Volunteers needed through 3/11/2022

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6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046