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We Are Here for You During Covid 19

Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, disconnected, lonely? Covid 19 presents all of us with some unique challenges.

Hospice is here for you. If you would appreciate a conversation about a loss, call Grief & Bereavement Coordinator, Bill Harder at 780.608.0636 for a personal phone, video-chat, or in-office consultation.

If you are struggling with the isolation resulting from Covid 19, call Volunteer Coordinator, Joy LeBlanc, at 587.322.9269 to connect by phone to a Hospice Volunteer.

Being a Caregiver at Home During the Covid Crisis
If you are a personal or professional caregiver, check out these resources to keep your tank filled:

TEND Academy is Canada's premier source for information on caregiver wellness and compassion fatigue. The links below provide articles on staying well as caregivers during Covid 19
Other caregiver wellness articles:
Other Covid 19 Resources:For Businesses and Non-profits
  • Alberta Biz ConnectWorkplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely
From Alberta Health Services:
Be Prepared in the Time of Covid 19
What If I Get Seriously Ill with Covid 19

Hospice 360
1st Annual Fund Campaign

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Will you join us in providing 365 days of Hospice care in east-central Alberta?

Hospice 360 is an invitation for you to partner with Hospice in raising the quality of life of someone in your community. A child or teen, a working mom or dad, an elder… these are some of the people we serve, 365 days a year.

Hospice 360 is an opportunity to remember and honor a loved-one who has died.

Hospice 360 invites you to sponsor one day of care for someone who is lonely, isolated, grieving, and possibly at the end of life.

Hospice 360 is you and your family changing a life through Hospice

When you sponsor a day of Hospice for $360 we will:
Post notice of your sponsorship, and the name of your loved-one (if you desire) on our website’s Sponsor Calendar on your chosen day
• On your chosen day we will celebrate your gift by posting on our social media
• The Hospice office will proudly proclaim your sponsorship on our wall-sized year calendar
• Recognition at our Annual General meeting

To donate by cheque or cash, or for more information, call the Hospice office at 780.608.0636

About Us

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Hospice Office

Hospice's office space is located at
5415-49 Ave, Camrose.

We are in the lower level of
the Mirror Lake Center.
Access is via the south-side lower-level entrance (facing the lake).

The space is available for program functions,
meetings, and one-on-one consultations.

Stop in for coffee or tea and chat about accessing Hospice support, how you can change lives as a Hospice volunteer, or any questions you may have about our work in east-central Alberta.

Call ahead to be sure we're in:
Bill Harder - 780.608.0636
Joy LeBlanc - 587.322.9269
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Phone, Email, Post, or Text

If you have questions or comments please give us a call or send us a note - we are glad to hear from you.

P: 780.608.0636
Mail: Box 1891, Camrose AB, T4V 1X8
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The goal of NavCare is to improve the quality of life of older rural persons with advanced chronic illness via:
  • Navigation services
  • Community partnerships
  • Coordinated access to services and resources
  • Promotion of active engagement of older adults. 

Utilizing trained volunteers, the outcome of NavCare is that navigation services provide individuals with social support, education, and connection to resources in the community to help improve their quality of life and remain in their communities.

Check out the Nav-CARE video 
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HSCD Resource Library

Located at the HSCD office in the lower level of the Mirror Lake Centre, our resource library is a one-stop shop for topics related to palliative/end-of-life care, grief and bereavement, and caregiver concerns. Browse books, DVD’s, and pamphlets for adults and children (click here to view our children's grief books)

No registration or fees are involved. Simply fill in the library clipboard with the material title, your name and contact info, and the date borrowed. No late fees – keep the materials as long as you need them, and return them when you are done.
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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Bereavement & Grief Workshops

These workshops are for people who are coping with grief and loss, as well as for people interested in becoming “grief helpers” – co-workers, family members or even physicians and health care professionals supporting people going through a loss.

Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Oct 24
Where: Mirror Lake Centre (5415-49 ave, Camrose) South Side
Cost: Free with registration
Register by phone: 780-608-0636
Online: www.camrosehospice.org/register
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Twice-monthly Lunch 'n Learn

Tune in to our Facebook page on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at noon for Lunch "n Learn. We will be interviewing guest speakers on a variety of Hospice topics, including:
  • Being with someone who is dying (Beverly Drever, Aug 5)
  • Grief over animal companions (Lyndel Drever, Aug 19)
  • Cancer Support Group and other Support groups (Sept 16)
  • Palliative care approach and the palliative care team (Oct 7)
  • Loneliness and Isolation during Covid (Oct 14)
  • The Palliative Care Team (Nov 4)
  • Death and laughter (Nov 18)
  • Rituals and celebrations for life transitions (Dec 2)
  • Coping with grief during the holidays (Dec 16) 
  • Green sleeves and your Advance Care Plan
  • Child grief supports 

...and many others. We look forward to seeing you (virtually). 

In-Person Grief Support Group

This group, for those grieving any death-loss, meets weekly for 8 weeks.
Dates: Wednesday afternoons, 2-4pm, Oct 28-Dec16
Location: Hospice offices, 5415-49 ave, south (lake) side
Facilitators: MaryAnn Pastuck and Dave Cawley

To register: email camrosehospice@gmail.com or call 780-608-0636

Programs From Our Colleagues 


Wetaskiwin Rainbows, Sunbeams, and Prism

"Rainbows for All Children Canada is the largest national non-profit organization committed to helping children and teens grieve and grow after loss. Rainbows has served with more than 3 million youth since 1983. By partnering with schools, hospitals and social service agencies we provide support when they need it, where they need it, right in their communities." (Rainbows Website)

Wetaskiwin Community Learning Program is offering the Rainbows programs. If you know a grieving child who would appreciate support call
P: 780-352-7257
or e: info@wetaskiwinlearning.ca

Read an article from the Wetaskiwin Times

Service Options for Seniors

The SOS Program (Senior Options for Seniors Society) mission is to assist seniors and their support networks to access needed programs, services and supports, this way seniors can sustain their independence.

SOS is a charitable society under the Alberta Society's Act
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Camrose/Wetaskiwin Primary Care Networks

Hospice Society of Camrose and District is pleased to be a partner with the Camrose and Wetaskiwin Primary Care Networks in providing palliative and grief supports to East-central Alberta.

Check out the PCN's excellent websites for more on their home health programs.

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Dying To Know

Dying To Know is open to anyone interested in a variety of topics related to death and dying. Dying to Know sessions are free of charge, however donations in support of this program can be made onlineThese donations help us to continue to build capacity in our community!

OCTOBER 20 - Advanced Care Planning (Online via Zoom)
In the first of two sessions with Janine Violini and Jamie Whittaker, we will discuss tips to complete the paperwork we need before death occurs. These include Personal Directive, Power of Attorney, and the types of Wills one may consider. These topics are part of the Crows in a Row program designed to achieve an end-of-life plan so that legacy is defined, wishes are honoured, and loves ones are taken care of.
Register Now

NOVEMBER 17 - Funeral Planning (Online via Zoom)
Janine Violini and Jamie Whittaker return for the second part of their Crows in a Row program. In this session, aspects of funeral planning and obituaries will be discussed. The objective of these conversations is to alleviate stress by helping obtain a sense of empowerment, peace of mind, and completion.
Register Now 

Participants who register for these sessions will be sent a Zoom link and password to access the seminar closer to the event date. If you have any questions, please contact elaine.munce@hospicecalgary.ca .

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Battle River Rock and Gravel

Thank you to Ross and Myra Penner for their generous support of Hospice.
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Safeway Sobeys

Thank you to the people of Safeway Sobeys for sponsorship of the Men's Cooking Circle food costs for the next year! Hospice is pleased to partner with Safeway Sobeys in this unique and much appreciated program.

Alberta Government: Community Initiatives Program

Thank you to the people of Alberta, Community Initiatives Program Funding, for providing  $60k in operating funds through Alberta lotteries funds for the 2019-2020 budget.

Camrose County

Thank you to the people of Camrose County council for their support of our recent Child-Grief Support Training. 50 people from across the area participated in a 2-day training aimed at providing tools to support children and teens experiencing grief.

Battle River Community Foundation

Thank you to the people of Battle River Community Foundation for supporting HSCD volunteer training and new program endeavors in 2020. Aa well, BRCF provided $2000 in Covid funding for the purchase of iPads to use with isolated elders.
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Wildrose Co-op

Thank you to the people of Wildrose Co-op for choosing Hospice as the recipient of silent auction funds from the Camrose Agro Centre grand opening. Co-op customers donated over $9000 to the silent auction in 2019.
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Battle River Watershed Alliance

Thank you to the people of Battle River Watershed Alliance for supplying food, speaker, and bagpipes for our 2019 Hike for Hospice. As well, BRWSA is a daily collaborative partner with Hospice as we share office space in Mirror Lake Centre.

Windsor Plywood Camrose

Thank you to the people of Windsor Plywood for committing to supplying the materials, and building, our Spring Symposium "Before I Die" wall.

Donna Lynne Erickson

Bereavement & Grief Workshop co-facilitator, author, and comedian Donna Lynne Erickson is a long-time friend of Hospice. Her recent book, "The Funny Thing About Death: Changing our 'No Tears, Please' Culture'" is available on Amazon.

Donna Lynne is donating $5 from every book sold at her workshops to HSCD. Ten thousand thanks for the work you do Donna Lynne - the world needs your compassion and laughter.
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Federal Government: New Horizons for Seniors

Thank you to the people of Canada, through the New Horizons for Seniors federal funding program, for providing  $11k in funds for our volunteer training and implementation in 2020.

Flagstaff County

Thank you to the people of Flagstaff County council for their support of rural palliative/grief care in the county of Flagstaff.
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Community Foundations of Canada

Thank you to the people of the Community Foundations of Canada for funding $5500 for the purchase of computer equipment and iPads for our "No Longer Lonely - Building Digital Connection" program.

Alberta Knights of Columbus Foundation

Thank you to the people of the Alberta Knights of Columbus Foundation for their gift of $1000 to support the programs of Hospice

What is Hospice?

Thank you to hospicebasics.com for creating this excellent video explaining the essentials of hospice care.


Hospice by the Numbers - 2019

4600: Number of times Hospice programs were accessed
2900: Volunteer hours donated to Hospice
1560: Number of individuals  accessing Hospice programs
650: Individuals accessing educational programs
900+:  Number of times grief programs were accessed

12: Programs offered
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