Local hospice group plans vigil training Oct. 9


ASHLAND — Hospice of North Central Ohio (HNCO) will host an information session on its Vigil Program Tuesday, October 9 from 10-11 a.m. at Area Agency on Aging, Suite 300, 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario.

Danielle Sutton, HNCO’s Volunteer Coordinator, will be explaining the mission of the Vigil Program, the various volunteer opportunities that are available, and the training that is provided.

Sutton said, “The program is a beautiful thing and our Vigil volunteers are touched by it as much as the patients and families who receive the care.” She continued, “While we are always seeking volunteers in all of the counties we serve, we specifically need volunteers for Ashland and Richland counties. I hope people come to this session to learn more about it.”

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Hospice of North Central Ohio’s Vigil Program exists so that no one dies alone. Trained volunteers sit by the side of patients in their last 48 hours of life when and if there is no one else available to be with them. This powerful gesture is a help to patients, families, and nursing facilities.

For more information, call Sutton at 419-685-4232 oremail dsutton@hospiceofknox.org.

Headquartered at 1050 Dauch Drive in Ashland, Hospice of North Central Ohio serves more than 200 patients daily in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties with palliative and hospice services. Additionally, free bereavement services are provided for hundreds of families of hospice patients and anyone in the community experiencing grief. Call 800-952-2207 for more information. HNCO is a community partner of United Way.

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Staff report