Essentia Health is looking for caring and compassionate people who have a variety of talents, skills, interests and a listening heart to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients.

Hospice offers a team approach to care that embraces the dying process as a natural life experience and identifies the total needs of patients.

Some ways volunteers support hospice are by offering companionship, housework, yardwork, caregiver respite, office skills, any talents or skills like playing musical instruments or an ability to speak a patient's native language.

Training is offered in Duluth and Essentia encourages residents of Silver Bay, Superior, Solon Springs, Sandstone and Cotton to inquire about volunteering, even if they cannot make the Duluth training.

A 16-hour training course in the Wisconsin and Michigan Rooms of St. Mary's Medical Center, 407 E. Third St., Duluth, 4-8 p.m. March 5, 6, 19 and 20.

Call Katie Neff Dawson or Kim Ellsworth at (218) 786-4020 or email HospiceDuluthVS@EssentiaHealth.org for information.