By Your Side Vigil Companions Training
By Your Side Vigil Companions trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those nearing the end of life. This year has brought all of us to an acute awareness of life’s fragility, and of the immense value of being companioned. The mission of By Your Side, which has always been to be supportive of people in palliative care and to be at the bedside at the end of their lives as needed, has had to adapt to the realities of COVID. We‘ve needed to ask: “How can we practice presence without proximity?” We have also grappled with the need many of us feel to talk about what we are living through, perhaps to grieve. Together we are exploring being together, in the hospitals, in our communities, over technology or the phone, in whatever ways we can.
Please join us in that exploration. Consider enrolling in one of three 10-hour trainings over 5 weeks via ZOOM this spring.
Dates and times are:
March 17-April 14: Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 PM
April 15-May 13: Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM
May 25-June 22: Tuesday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 PM
There is no obligation to volunteer at the completion of the training.
A fee of $70 (which includes all materials) is due by the second class. Scholarships are available. CE (12 hrs.) for nurses is available for an additional $30 under California Board of Registered Nursing Provider Number CEP 16239.
Contact: Episcopal Communities and Services, Susan Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 818 822-6044 for more information and to register. Enrollment is limited to 30 people.