Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will offer a six-session training course for prospective volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays beginning March 5 in The Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane.

The course will cover topics such as the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss. Make-up sessions are available for those who are unable to attend all sessions.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this course. No previous hospice experience is required.

Following training, volunteers can choose an area of involvement such as caregiver relief, bereavement, nursing home visitors, gift of dreams, hospice care center or clerical work.

Registration is required. For more information or to request an application packet, contact Julie Tiell, Bridge Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 419-423-5351 or