Volunteers provide important services to hospice organizations and the people they serve.

Volunteering with Hospice of Grace

Volunteers provide important services to hospice organizations and the people they serve. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by our nation’s hospice programs.

Hospice care in the U.S. was founded by volunteers and there is continued commitment to volunteer service – in fact, Medicare regulations require that hospices have trained volunteers as a part of the services they provide.

More than 400,000 trained volunteers provide more than 19 million hours of service every year.

By being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made an impact in another person’s life and in your community.

Hospice of Grace offer’s support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. As a volunteer, you help determine which tasks you’re best suited to perform. The tasks of volunteers include:

  • Helping with office support tasks at the agency
  • Running errands for patients and families
  • Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest
  • Reading, or providing a comforting touch
  • Playing or singing soothing music to patients
  • Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours
  • Providing a friendly visit to lift a patient’s spirits
  • Providing special veteran volunteer support to patients who are veterans
  • These and other tasks are why hospice volunteers are such an essential part of the Hospice of Grace Experience.

* We suggest volunteers wait a minimum of one year following the death of a loved one to volunteer. This allows adequate time to make appropriate adjustments after a significant personal loss.

Becoming a Volunteer

When you become a volunteer, we will provide you with a detailed orientation to the hospice program, so you will fully understand our caring philosophy and goals and have the skills needed to assist patients and their families. As a Hospice of Grace volunteer, you can donate as much or as little of your time as you desire. The duties vary so that you find an area or service that is uniquely suited to you.

Every hospice will have a screening process and volunteer training program.  The best way to begin is to learn more about volunteering:

Contact Hospice of Grace for more details.

Contact Us


Hospice of Grace is a leading provider of hospice care in Southern California

Minas Kochumian, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Kochumian is the Medical Director for Hospice of Grace with strong management skills. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Medicine. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Kochumian’s clinical area of expertise includes but is not limited to palliative and hospice care. Through his practice he services primarily the geriatric population He works in Northridge, CA and specializes in Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine – Geriatrics. He is fluent in English, Armenian and Turkish.

He is committed to compassionate care and symptom management as well as quality of life. He is respected and revered in the community as a quality physician who takes the needed time to listen to his patients’ needs and to respond with solutions and interventions that make better days for his clients. He is a source of knowledge and support for the Hospice of Grace caregivers and team as well as the individual patients and their families. He attends the Hospice of Grace interdisciplinary team meetings, offering advice and guidance in their quest to provide quality of life.

“Geriatrics is a field of medicine that deals with elderly people. The main focus of medical doctors in this field – geriatricians – is the overall health of elderly patients, and diagnosis and treatment of any illnesses they may encounter. Elderly-patient care often involves multiple health concerns at the same time, and patients may not respond to treatments in the same way as younger patients. Geriatricians are trained to deal with these unique situations. Social aspects involving elderly patients, such as home support, may also be evaluated by a geriatrician providing care.” Dr. Kochumian

Arpi Grace Kestenian

Chief Executive Officer

Arpine Grace Kestenian is the Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Grace. She is a leader in the health care industry with over twenty years of quality management experience. She is known for her managed care dealings on behalf of a multitude of medical groups, physicians and hospitals. She is widely respected in the community as a reliable and knowledgeable source with regard to all aspects of healthcare. She provides community education through the media and is revered as an extraordinary resource for navigation through our complicated health care systems. She has served on multiple community and executive boards, including but not limited to: Glendale Youth Alliance, Chamber of Commerce, and branches of the American Medical Society. She volunteers for community foundations and is a leader at procuring funds for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry for those in need worldwide. She has been very successful at individual causes brought to her attention through the “Gift of Life Foundation” dedicated to support for children with life threatening illnesses.

Edward Kocharian, MD

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Kocharian is the Associate Medical Director for Hospice of Grace. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Health Systems following medical school. Dr. Kocharian’s clinical area of expertise includes but is not limited to palliative and hospice care. Through his practice he services primarily the geriatric population. He is fluent in English, Armenian and Russian. Dr. Kocharian is available for medical consultations and discussions with hospice personnel, identifying alternative coverage whenever unavailable. He serves as liaison and contact between Hospice of Grace, community physicians and other health care professionals to develop and expand awareness and utilization of hospice and palliative care as end of life resources.

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