Loma Linda University Medical Center - No One Dies Alone (NODA)

No One Dies Alone

No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. 

Who May Help

All Loma Linda University Medical Center employees and volunteers are invited to participate in No One Dies Alone. Companions may sign up to be available during times that are convenient for them. To provide 24-hour coverage, a team of volunteers will be on call each week, ready to serve at the bedside.

Getting Started

  • Volunteers who are eligible must complete a probationary period of volunteering within the Hospital 
  • Employees who are eligible must complete the 90-day probation period
  • Those who have experienced the death of a loved one are encouraged to wait a minimum of one year before volunteering in the program
  • All companions must first take part in an orientation session where they will learn the simple art of being compassionately present at the bedside of a dying person

How To Help

Companions should be willing to hold the hand of the patient, play music, read to the patient, fluff pillows, and assist in comfort care measures as requested by the patient or directed by the nurse. No nursing skill is required - even nurses who volunteer for No One Dies Alone will not provide nursing care during the vigil, but will assist only as a companion. A companion supply bag containing music, books, and other helpful items is available for volunteers to pick up on their way to their vigil with a patient. For more information, call Volunteer Services at 909-558-4654.