MILFORD - Volunteer training classes for people interested in the hospice philosophy of care, who wish to explore elements of End of Life care and Bereavement, will be held, free-of-charge, on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     Class dates are: April 29, May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 and 20. The final class, a training graduation, will be Thursday, May 22. The eight-session course will be conducted at the St. Patrick's Church, 111 East High Street, Milford.
    Hospice professionals will teach the sessions about patient care, cancer concepts, pain control, nutritional concerns, family system, aging, listening and communication skills, spirituality, ethics, death, dying and bereavement. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be certified hospice volunteers. Hospice volunteers have the option of working in their communities and establishing their own schedules. They can also choose what allowable services they are willing to provide for the organization.
    Hospice volunteers are an integral part of an extended support system assisting the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice professional team in caring for terminally-ill patients and their families. The volunteers offer companionship and emotional support or provide respite for family caregivers. Sue Morrow, volunteer coordinator said the assistance give caregivers the chance to run errands, make appointments and refuel with a couple of hours to themselves.
    For additional details or to register for this training opportunity, contact Sue Morrow at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice at 973-383-0115 or email to:
    The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is dedicated to providing hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Northwest NJ and Northeast PA; call 800-882-1117  for information. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and the preferred hospice provider for the Atlantic Health Care System in our area of service.
    The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon will open in 2014. The Home will offer in-patient units, respite care and routine hospice care. For programs, events and more information visit