Bereavement Support Volunteer

  • VO85827


Coping with bereavement involves painful emotions, coming to terms with loss and making adjustments in life. Many people find it a great comfort to have someone to talk to about how they are feeling during this difficult time.

We are looking for volunteers to provide emotional support over the phone to adults who have been bereaved by a terminal illness. You will be helping them to explore their feelings and adapt to life post-bereavement. Training, support and supervision will be provided.
You will be working alongside our Patient and Family Support team in our Edinburgh Hospice, in a role where you can make an incredible difference to the lives of those affected by bereavement.

Organisation aims and objectives

Every day of your life matters, from the first to the last. We believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left, however hard that may sometimes feel. We’ll be here for you and your family when you may feel like no-one else is, to help you cope when you don’t know how. Marie Curie Nurses care for you in your home, when you need them most, day or night. Our hospices are at the heart of communities around the UK. And our trained volunteers and advisers are here for you with practical information and support when you don’t know what to do next or just need to talk. We’ll be by your side with care and support every step of the way, bringing light in the darkest hours.










Frequency and commitment details

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum of 6 months in this role, and can devote approximately 7 hours a month to volunteering.


We are only able to accept applicants who are aged 18 or over for this role. Volunteers will be required to join PVG scheme before they can carry out this role.
Experience required: You will need the ability to deal sensitively with patients and their families and have an awareness of their individual needs. Our ideal volunteer will be reliable and understand the importance of confidentiality while being emotionally equipped to deal with the demands of the role, especially if they have experienced bereavement themselves. We are looking for an empathetic person who can identify the emotional needs of their clients, while remaining sufficiently detached.
Travel details: This role will currently be carried out remotely for the most part, so volunteers will need a suitably private location to carry out phone calls. Our Edinburgh Hospice is located on Frogston Road West in the Fairmilehead area of Edinburgh, and is accessible by public transport. please note parking may be of limited availability in the area.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers will be paid reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred while volunteering. Your volunteer manager will be able to discuss this with you and help you claim any expenses you are entitled to.
Training details: Volunteers must be willing to the required training for this role. All of our volunteers receive initial training and induction into the organisation, as well as ongoing training and support from their volunteer manager.

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