TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- It was training day for volunteers at the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice.
People signed up to learn how to be a volunteer at the Tupelo Home Health Clinical offices.
Volunteers will be assigned to work in either patients homes or at the in-patient facility in the main unit of the North Mississippi Medical Center.
The volunteers are trained to provide emotional support where they can bring extra life into a home.
The program's director says many of the volunteers have already experienced hospice through a loved one and do this as a way to give back.
"I always say we can not teach people how to be hospice volunteers. It's a matter of the heart, it's there, you got it or you don't," said Chris Maynard, hospice volunteer coordinator. "We just provide guidelines and help for them to do the best that they can."
With NMMC Hospice serving 16 counties, volunteers can select which county they would like to donate their time and skills too.