Lakeview Health System

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - Make a difference as a hospice volunteer

Make a difference in someone’s final months by volunteering your time with Lakeview Hospice. Volunteers visit patients across Washington County (Minnesota) and St. Croix County (Wisconsin).

Volunteers are a key part of the hospice team. They offer companionship and a listening ear to hospice patients and families, as well as pet therapy and respite care.

“I love it – I just love it,” said Nadji Sutherland, a 10-year Lakeview Hospice volunteer. “Everybody that I’ve visited as a volunteer I’ve so enjoyed. We have a form to fill in after each visit, and I often write I think I almost got more out of it than them! The coordinator seems to pair me up with people I connect so well with.”

Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients with a terminal illness – and their family members – so that they can live their final months in comfort and dignity. Care is available in a patient’s own home, apartment, care center or assisted living.

“One of the most important people on a hospice team is the volunteer,” said Nancy Kuckler, hospice volunteer coordinator. “They offer companionship and a helping hand, and they are compassionate listeners.”

The next hospice volunteer training session is Monday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lakeview Hospital. Follow-up training sessions are Wednesday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to attend all three free sessions. Lunch is provided.

To register call 651-275-8255 or email