HSCD Death Cafè

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"Bringing grief and death out of the shadow is our spiritual responsibility, our sacred duty. By so doing, we may be able to feel our desire for life once again and remember who we are, where we belong, and what is sacred."
(Francis Weller, the Wild Edge of Sorrow)
Through open conversation in a natural, comfortable setting, we can bring death out of silence and increase awareness of death while helping people make the most of their lives.

Join the conversation at this drop-in, no-fee gathering where all things death and dying are open for discussion. All Death Cafès occur on the lower level of the Camrose Public Library. Please note, this is not a grief-therapy or support group; rather, it is a conversation forum.

May 7th to 13th, 2023 is National Hospice and Palliative Care Week and this week we will celebrate by highlighting some of the programs we offer.

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Hospice Volunteers

Volunteer coordinator, Joy LeBlanc, has a list of more than 100 volunteers and she loves them all. Volunteers sit by the side of a dying person, offering comfort to someone who has lost a loved one, or offer friendship to the lonely.

What makes a great volunteer is the ability to listen, said LeBlanc.
“We want them to be present to the other person. A good volunteer is comfortable with themselves and comfortable bearing witness to another’s pain.”

While volunteers can choose how they want to help, they all receive training to deal with loneliness, isolation, palliative care and how to spend time with someone who is grieving.

In 2020, our volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours of their time and have connected with more than 3,300 people through our programs in schools, hospitals and homes.

Hospice has many volunteers who offer their expertise too. If you have skills or just the simple desire to help out, please don't hesitate, as we would love to have you on board!

Click here to find out how you can become a Hospice Volunteer.

If you or someone you know could benefit from accessing the Hospice Volunteer Program,
contact Joy at 587-322-9269 or click here for more information.


Hike for Hospice 2023

Sunday, May 7th is National Hike for Hospice and the kick off to National Palliative Care Week. This is an endeavour to raise funds and  awareness of end-of-life and grief care in Camrose and District.

In past years, Hospice was graced with an intimate and enthusiastic crowd of family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers who walked, ate, and sang for Hospice.

This year’s hike will take place at the Mirror Lake Centre overlooking Mirror Lake in Camrose. We meet at 1:30pm, and will walk a leisurely pace around the lake, returning to enjoy entertainment, lemonade, cinnamon buns, cake and ice cream, and conversation.