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Helplessness & Hopelessness: The Volunteer Role in Finding Meaning

Recorded January 1, 2016 - This is a 45-minute presentation

Helplessness & Hopelessness: The Volunteer Role in Finding Meaning

Richard Bach, author of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” has said, “Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you´re alive it isn't.” Within that quote lies the spirit of hospice and a special gift volunteers can share. It is difficult to accomplish much in the presence of overwhelming helplessness and hopelessness. But, it is time to get beyond the notion that “I am just a volunteer” and explore your potential. This webinar will examine the link between finding meaning in loss and redefining hope, and address the volunteer’s role in assisting clients to feel they are helpful to those they love…in small, yet important, ways.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • How helplessness and hopelessness can prevent people from living fully for the time that remains
  • Finding meaning in loss
  • “Door openers” and skills that can assist with moving the flow of conversation instead of backing away
  • Techniques to make individuals and families feel useful and helpful, even when confronting serious illnesses

TAKE-AWAY TOOLKIT

  • Guide for Volunteer Managers
  • Detailed handout with additional lecture notes
  • Comprehensive list of resources for additional exploration and learning
  • Discussion guide to use following the webinar
  • Group exercises to use before and after the webinar with debriefing instructions included

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This informative session is designed with volunteers in mind. It will be most useful for volunteer managers, volunteers and others working alongside volunteers.

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