No One Dies Alone Program (NODA)

What is NODA?

No One Dies Alone (NODA) is a national volunteer-centered program started by Sandra Clarke, CCRN, at PeaceHealth (Eugene, OR) in 2001. Its goal is to provide companionship and support for dying individuals so that no patient dies alone. 

To accomplish this, volunteer companions are notified when a patient in the hospital is actively dying. The compassionate companions will come to the hospital and stay with the patient, rotating through three-hour shifts, until the patient passes. During the vigil, the compassionate companions can talk to the patient, hold his/her hand, or just be a loving presence in the room. 

Who Can Help?

Compassionate companions act as surrogate family members to provide patients with companionship, allow them to die with dignity, and ensure that they will be remembered.

No nursing skill is necessary to volunteer. We are looking for interested members of the community, including current hospital volunteers, to serve as NODA compassionate companions. Because of the nature of the program, we ask that our volunteers be older than 18 years of age and have not experienced a recent death of friend or family member.

To find out more about this volunteer opportunity, please read this volunteer FAQ.


Contact Us

For information about Eskenazi Health Palliative Care Program:
Eskenazi Health Palliative Care Program
720 Eskenazi Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317.880.8252

For information on NODA and volunteering for NODA:
NODA Program Manager

Related Links:
Palliative Care at Wishard
IU Palliative Care Fellowship
Greg's Ride to Remember
Ride to Remember Facebook Page

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