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Alternative Hospice

Become a Volunteer with Alternative Hospice

Caring for someone at the end-of-life takes a truly unique and compassionate person. At Alternative Hospice, our volunteers play an extremely important role in our patients’ hospice journeys. Whether you choose to work directly with patients and families, or volunteer to help in other ways, you can make a difference in someone’s life. Opportunities are as individual as you are, and we welcome volunteers from all walks of life.

Our Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities with Alternative Hospice include (but are not limited to):

  • Meal preparation
  • Letter writing
  • Reading to patients
  • Sitting with patients while caregivers run errands
  • Scrapbooking
  • Quilting
  • Crafting
  • Playing games
  • Companionship
  • Preserve life stories
  • Use professional skills or talents (i.e. massage, healing touch, guided imagery)
  • Pet therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Office work

To ensure that all volunteers are equipped to work with the dying, Alternative Hospice requires an extensive orientation, as well as routine background checks. It is important that volunteers understand the history of hospice and are aware of the specific ways that Alternative Hospice works to serve the community. Depending on the area of service, additional training may be necessary and will be made available.

Please contact Chris Miller, Volunteer Coordinator, at 636-343-3839 or by email at for more information.


About Our Available Specialized Programs

Dream Catcher Program

The Dream Catcher Program at Alternative Hospice is designed to help our patients’ end-of-life wishes come true whenever possible. Our care team will ask patients if they have end-of-life wishes or desires they would like to fulfill. Some of the wishes we helped make a reality have been as simple as requesting a meal from the patient’s favorite restaurant, or going on fishing trips and attending concerts. All wishes must be consistent with the mission and philosophy of Alternative Hospice.

Alternative Hospice is a We Honor Veterans Partner

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, we are committed to honoring our veterans. At admission to Alternative Hospice, we inquire about our patients’ veteran status, then contact their family to schedule a We Honor Veterans ceremony. At the ceremony, we present our veteran with a certificate, medal, and patriotic lap blanket handmade by volunteers. Our wonderful volunteer veterans and families are also invited to attend, as well as Alternative Hospice staff and facility staff. Our patients and families are touched by these meaningful ceremonies honoring their commitment and service to our country.

In addition to the ceremony, our veterans have recorded their stories in partnership with the Missouri Veterans History Project. This project records memories of Missouri’s military veterans to be archived with the Library of Congress.


Alternative Hospice: 636-343-3839
Fax: 636-343-6367
Alternative Home Care: 636-432-0008
Fax: 636-283-2863