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Heartlinks Grief Center, a not-for-profit community-based program of Family Hospice, assists grieving children, adults, families and groups move from grief to growth through individual and family counseling, support groups, and other community programs.

Training Information

Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer community.

To become a Heartlinks volunteer:

  1. Fill out a volunteer application.  Email, mail it or bring the application in when you attend training.  At training you will be asked to complete several other forms one of which includes permission for Heartlinks to conduct a criminal background and personal reference check.
  2. Sign up for, and complete a 3 hour volunteer training which covers common questions and concerns related to childhood grief as well as Heartlinks volunteer expectations.  At training you can explore volunteer roles and determine your level of involvement.  See Volunteer Flier or Volunteer Roles for more information.
  3. Heartlinks will confirm your interest in volunteering through e-mail or by phone.  We will sign you up for our monthly newsletter so you can stay in touch.
  4. If after initial training you are interested in working regularly  with children or adults through support group programming, sign up for Heartlinks Apprenticeship Program and further intensive trainings by letting us know at your initial training, or emailing us at, or calling us at (618) 277-1800.
  5. If you are a student looking for a practicum site please give Kris or Diana a call at (618)277-1800.   We have many unique opportunities for you here at Heartlinks but our space for students is limited.
  6. If you need community service hours, please give Kris or Diana a call at (618)277-1800 for specific events or opportunities that may be appropriate to fulfill your requirements.