Cumberland Hospice Volunteer Visitation


Volunteer Visitation Program

Are you looking to join a group of individuals dedicated to showing compassionate care and support to people who are dying or grieving the loss of a loved one?

We are looking for compassionate men and women to join our team to help support those of our county who are journeying through Palliative Care, facing a terminal illness or coping with loss.  This is where one resident helps another, because every moment matters.



How To Get Started

As A Volunteer


Step 1


Submit an Application for review to our Volunteer Visitation Supervisor

Step 2


Complete Introductory Screening Interview at the request of the Supervisor to ensure you're a good fit

Step 3


Complete the Volunteer Training Program





Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in starting your volunteer journey, please complete an online application by clicking on the green tab located on this page.  Alternatively, a paper copy of the application can be obtained by contacting the Volunteer Visitation Supervisor at (902)660-2310.  




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Supporting someone who is grieving (2:52) By: Irene Renzenbrink

Listen below as Irene Renzenbrink illustrates how the kindness of strangers can have a lasting positive influence on an individual's journey through grief.  


Navigating Loss During The Holidays

Hospice Visitation Volunteers can offer a precious gift this Holiday season - their time.  For many families in our county, Christmas 2022 will be the first without their loved one.  And so, just as we remember those this Holiday season who battle a life-limiting illness, we also choose to remember the families of those that have gone on.  The journey of grief and bereavement is substantial, and we want to acknowledge it as such.  Because every individual's grieving process differs, we will not expect that one form of assistance will fit all.  However, we will be here, ready, and willing, should there be a family, or an individual that will benefit from a visit this Christmas season.  

See below Judy Wark's piece on grief during the Holidays and how Hospice helped her family process the loss of a dear father and husband.  Cumberland Hospice, although much smaller than Calgary Hospice, has a heart to help that is just as big.  Together, we can help families throughout this county navigate loss, even during the holidays, one visit at a time.  


The Year I Ran Away from Christmas: A Mother’s Perspective on Grief and the Holidays


A few years ago, I ran away from home and took my kids with me. As we approached the first Christmas following my husband’s death to cancer, an unbearable sadness swallowed each of my kids.

For anyone who has experienced loss, the holidays become reminders that the deceased is noticeably absent. Nadine Gariepy-Fisk, Hospice Calgary’s Director of Programs and Services says, “The holidays are pressure points for parents struggling to help their children while trying to manage their own grief.”

One of my sons grieved with anger. He wanted his dad back and until someone came up with some answers for how he felt, he stayed in his room and refused to go to school. My daughter would draw out her sadness with markers on her bedroom mirror. My teen hurled into school activities, ignoring the pain by staying busy. We were all pretty miserable.

Finally, ten days before Christmas, I called my travel agent and said, “Get me a beach, a buffet and a direct flight.” We survived the first Christmas with beach therapy at an all-inclusive resort Cuba. Did it help? Not really.  The real healing began when I discovered Hospice Calgary’s Sage Centre.

My younger son started seeing one of the child/youth and family counsellors. She helped him to find ways to express his feelings about his father’s cancer, dying and death. After several sessions, I remember his counsellor asking, “Where is your daddy now?” He drew a garden filled with flowers. My husband was sitting on a bench wearing his favourite hat. He was smiling. This wise counsellor helped my son to find safe places to store those painful memories and to find what he needed to re-engage with life.

My daughter attended a children’s grief support group. She called it her art therapy but I called it a godsend.  At one session the children made memory ornaments to hang on their Christmas trees. While the kids met, there was a session for bereaved parents. Here I found the support of other young widows and widowers who were also trying to parent their children through life-changing loss.

Over the passing years, I discovered that Hospice Calgary was there for us whenever one of the children needed a little help managing those feelings of loss. Sarah Walker, Hospice Calgary’s executive director, says that this ongoing support is the cornerstone of Hospice Calgary’s service. “We are here to help individuals and families as long as they need us,” she says.

I have no need to run away during the holidays anymore. The other day my daughter, now a young woman, reminded me that Christmas is her favourite time of the year. I smiled and said, “It’s mine too.” 

Revised December 2015

Judy Wark is a Calgary writer currently writing a memoir of loss and love during a time
of terminal cancer.

Our Mission

To be an integral part of the support network for individuals and their families within Cumberland County who face a life-limiting illness.