Volunteers are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team at Northfield Hospice.

Northfield Hospice volunteers:volunteer hands


  • Provide companionship and emotional support to the dying patient and his/her family by being available to actively listen
  • Utilize music as a way of guiding the patient and family through life review
  • Offer techniques in massage therapy
  • Assist with writing letters, reading, and helping with meals
  • Provide supportive services such as running errands and helping with household needs
  • Utilize pet therapy with certified therapy dogs
  • Offer bereavement support to families following their loved one’s death
  • Support the hospice program through fundraising, event planning, clerical task assistance, or special project help.

As a Hospice volunteer, you will join a tight-knit group of volunteers who serve our community in a very special way. Monthly Volunteer Meetings throughout the year provide educational and social opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and skills about your role as a volunteer, end of life care, and our hospice program.

Hospice training is free and open to those who can commit to at least one year of service, and are 18 years of age or older.  Volunteers must complete an application and provide a health history, obtain a tuberculosis blood test, and submit to a background study.  Click here for immunization requirements.

If you are interested in Hospice Volunteer Training, please contact Sara Lippert, Northfield Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 507-646-1457 or lipperts@northfieldhospital.org for an interview.

For more details about becoming a hospice volunteer see our brochure or visit www.hospicefoundation.org/volunteering