Compassionate Companion program back from pandemic hiatus, volunteers sought

Mon, 03/25/2024 - 10:00am

Compassion takes on many forms depending on the situation. Regarding LincolnHealth’s nursing care facilities, it’s all about ensuring that none of the residents in their final stages of life go through the journey alone.

Recently, 11 volunteers completed a five-hour Lay Spiritual Visitor Training program in Damariscotta, so they can volunteer at either Cove’s Edge on the Miles campus of LincolnHealth or the Gregory Wing at St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor.

The program was created at LincolnHealth in 2010 by Connie Bright, director of Volunteer Services and Tracy Verney, Compassionate Companion training coordinator. It is based on research conducted on Maine hospital’s palliative care programs, and it is structured under LincolnHealth’s Pastoral Care Care Committee. 

The program helps support residents/patients, families and staff.  Compassionate Companion volunteers are there for elderly patients and nursing home residents who are receiving end-of-life care.  Often, these individuals have either outlived their family and friends, or have no one living nearby to provide emotional support and a gentle presence during an emotionally difficult time. Volunteers may also respite care to those family members and individuals providing care.

The program also includes ongoing Lay Spiritual Care and/or Hospice education programs. If you would like to learn more about this program or becoming a volunteer, please contact Connie Bright via email at