May 2 to 8, 2021is National Hospice and Palliative Care Week and this week we will celebrate by highlighting some of the programs we offer.

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May 2 - Today we are highlighting: 

Hospice Grief and Bereavement Navigator - Lori-Ann Huot

Sometimes you just need a safe space to talk. Our Grief and Bereavement Navigator, Lori-Ann Huot, provides grief support for those in need. Huot, a trained grief counsellor, helps those who are stressed, overwhelmed, disconnected, lonely and grieving.

“This is heart’s work. My heart and soul is in this work,” said Huot.

Everyone grieves in a different way and everyone’s grief is real. If you, or anyone you know is struggling, feel free to contact our office at 780-608-0636 to book an appointment with Lori-Ann, or Click Here to learn more about our programs.

These are free services, but our programs operate through donations. Even a small donation can help us help others.
Click Here to Donate

May 2 to 8, 2021is National Hospice and Palliative Care Week and this week we will celebrate by highlighting some of the programs we offer.

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May 3 - Today we are highlighting:

The Hospice Nav-CARE Program.


Nav-CARE stands for Navigating, Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging.

But really it means helping someone.

For three years Kristy Wells and Trudy Lamoriss have spent time visiting with each other, chatting on the phone, going outside for a visit or just hanging out.

“I connected with Trudy.  She is a friend now,” said Kristy, a hospice volunteer.

The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life of those with advanced chronic illness by relieving loneliness, isolation and anxiety, by providing someone to be a sounding board.

For Trudy, whose disability makes it difficult to get outside, Kristy’s visits have been a bright spot in the week.

“When I see Kristy it fills up my day. She is a bright spot,” said Trudy, who gets help with paperwork, shopping and sometimes laundry from Kristy.

Our volunteers can help an individual by buying groceries, playing scrabble, going out for walks, helping connect with local support programs, or whatever is needed.

These are free services, but our programs operate through donations. Even a small donation can help us help others.

 
Click Here to Donate

May 2 to 8, 2021 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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May 4 - Today we are highlighting:

The Hospice iPad Program.


Staying connected during Covid-19 is one of the goals of the Hospice iPad program. The 24 Hospice iPads have been loaned to people for art therapy, reading, listening to music, connecting with family and friends on Facebook or Zoom, or joining in an exercise class.

Volunteer Margo McPhail said placing the iPads with isolated, or grieving people, has been a lifeline during the time of Covid-19.

“It opens up a whole world to them,” said McPhail. “I think it’s extra important. In times like this it is so important for their mental and physical health.”

McPhail and volunteers set up the computers and offer technical support to help get seniors and others become comfortable using the iPad.

Click Here to find out more about Hospice Programs or call our office at 780-608-0636 for more details.

It doesn’t cost anything to borrow the iPads, but our programs rely on your donations.
Even a small donation can help us help others.

 
Click Here to Donate

May 2 to 8, 2021 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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May 5 - Today we are highlighting:

Hospice Grief Support Groups 


Our eight-week grief support group gives those who are grieving the tools and skills they need to help move through their grief.

Volunteer grief program facilitator, Mary Ann Pastuck, said the group is for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one: either a spouse, child or parent.

“These people are living through the death of a loved one. They need some help moving through the grief process.”

Pastuck said the process of talking among the group helps the participants realize they are not alone. Talking through their feelings is a pathway through their grief.

If you or someone you know would benefit from our Grief Support Group, Click Here  for more information or feel free to contact the office at 780-608-0636.

Hospice programs are free, but we rely on your donations so we can help those in need.

Even a small donation can help us help others.

 
Click Here to Donate

May 2 to 8, 2021 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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May 6 - Today we are highlighting:

Hospice Grief Support Walking Groups 


Rosie Llewellyn-Thomas joined our Grief Walking group almost four years ago when her husband died. The simple act of walking and talking in a safe, confidential group helped her grieve.

“I believe it was a lifeline and a lifesaver for me. It is a supportive, safe, soft, joyful place to land with no expectations.”

Volunteer walking leader, Nicole Luft, said the combination of exercise, laughter, coffee and conversation allows some people to express their feelings of grief.

The group often walks around Camrose’s Mirror Lake, or on the indoor walking track, before stopping for coffee and conversation.

Click Here to check out all Hospice programs including more information on the walking group.

Our programs are free, but we rely on your donations so we can help others.

 
Click Here to Donate

May 2 to 8, 2021 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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May 7 - Today we are highlighting:

Men's Cooking Circle 


When Rod Krips’ wife died, he was grief stricken. To help work through his grief, Rod joined our seven-week Men’s Cooking Circle. Each week the group of men made a meal with skills learned in class, but they also shared their grief story.

“We sat in a group and chatted about experiencing bereavement and sorrow. Everything was said in confidence and we were able to dig deep into our feelings.”

“It was conversation, camaraderie and cooking skills.”

The group, led by volunteer, David Cawley, toured grocery stores with a dietician to learn about food and get tips on making meals and shopping.

As well as joining the men’s cooking circle, Krips talked to our bereavement counsellor, checked out books from our lending library and was connected with a grief companion.

“I wouldn’t have been able to function without the help of the hospice.”


Click Here to find our more about the programs offered by Hospice, and see what service might be right for you or someone you know.

All of our programs are free, but we do rely on volunteers and donations to continue. Even a small donation can help us help others.

 
Click Here to Donate

May 2 to 8, 2021 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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May 8 - Today we are highlighting:

Hospice Volunteers

Volunteer coordinator, Joy LeBlanc, has a list of more than 100 volunteers and she loves them all. Depending on the Covid-19 rules, the volunteers can sit by the side of a dying person, offer 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.

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.

Hospice Programs are free, but we do rely on volunteers and donations to continue. Even a small donation can help us help others.

 
Click Here to Donate
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Thank you to the Staff of Vision Credit Union for their BBQ Fundraiser

Around 200 people stopped by Vision Credit Union, Camrose, to buy a burger or hotdog on a blustery and sometimes wet day.

VCU hosted the fundraising BBQ with proceeds donated to the Hospice Society of Camrose and District.

VCU staff smiled through the weather as they served a steady stream of patrons.

Thanks to everyone's tenacity, $1100 was raised for the work of Hospice!

2019 Canada Day Pancake Breakfast

Thank you to the 14 Hospice and 14 Swans and Roses Lions volunteers  for their gifts of time and energy on Canada Day.
Serving about 400 people a scrumptious breakfast raised approximately $2100 for Hospice 

2019 Hike for Hospice/Battle River Watershed Event

Ten thousand thanks to David Samm and the crew from Battle River Watershed Alliance for partnering with our 2019 Hike for Hospice.

BRWSA provide food for the day, the keynote speaker, Sarah Skinner (Click here to read Sarah's keynote address), as well as a piper (David Samm)  to start us off on our walk.  Approximately 45 walkers turned up to support Hospice and learn about the watershed.

Fashions for Funds 2019

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March 21, 2019

HSCD proudly invites you to enjoy our second annual evening of fashions with our "Fashions for Funds" Fashion Show.

Camrose clothiers Bra NecessitiesFringe Benefits, Styling with Linda Kreamer, and Twig will be highlighting spring and summer fashions.

Join us for an enjoyable evening at the Camrose Resort Casino Ballroom. Evening includes appetizers, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and door prizes.

Attendance:

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.

Exploring Death Through Film

Solace: Wisdom of The Dying
May 29
Camrose Public LIbrary
6:30-8:30 PM

Join us for another film in our Exploring Death Through Film series.

SOLACE: Wisdom of the Dying grew from Camille Adair's intimate experiences with people facing the end of their lives. As a hospice nurse, Camille has worked closely with patients, families, hospitals, cancer treatment centers and many health care professionals to address the needs of dying people as well as the needs of the health care community in being able to integrate the end of ones life as a natural and sacred human process rather than as a medical failure. http://www.solacethemovie.com/ To purchase a DVD of the movie or learn more about Camille Adair please visit: http://www.camilleadair.com/

Hike for Hospice 2018

Sunday, May 6 was National Hike for Hospice and the kick off to National Palliative Care Week. THis is an endeavor to raise funds and  awareness of end-of-life and grief care in Camrose and District.

 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 took place at the Stoney Creek Center overlooking the ski hill in Camrose. We met at 2pm, walked a  leisurely pace through the creek valley, and returned to enjoy entertainment, burgers, and conversation. 

Total raised: approximately $4500

Fashions for Funds 2018

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March 15, 2018

HSCD proudly invites you to enjoy an evening of fashions and reminiscing with our "Fashions for Funds" Fashion Show.

Camrose clothiers Fringe Benefits, Twig, and Bra Necessities will be highlighting spring and summer fashions, as well as a nostalgic peek at ensembles of yesteryear.

Join us for an enjoyable evening at the Norsemen Inn Ballroom. Evening includes food, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and door prizes.

Attendance: 250

CFCW Critter Hockey Fundraiser

February 8, 2018

HSCD hosts the CFCW Critters verses Camrose Minor Hockey Coaches

This event is a charity hockey game, sponsored by the Hospice Society of Camrose and District.

On Feb 8, 2018 the CFCW Critters are coming to play a team of volunteer hockey players selected from Coaches of the Camrose minor-league hockey teams.

The CFCW Critters are a fun-filled, entertaining hockey team that do charity work for numerous communities. This is a fun family event, with all funds raised supporting programs of the Hospice Society.

As well as selling tickets for admission to the game, we are offering a live auction to offer the opportunity to be a "coach" for each team. The highest bidder for each coaching spot can pick the child/person they wish to be “fun coach”. This is a wonderful opportunity for a child to say they coached the "CFCW Critters Hockey" team for a night.

The evening will also include a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Attendance: 500

Exploring Death Through Film

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December 5, 2017

Reflecting on Life and Death: The Significance of Medical Assistance in Dying

What is the meaning of medical assistance in Dying for us as citizens in Canada, as communities, as families and  for individuals? What are the key aspects of current conversation regarding M.A.I.D. within our country?

Dr. Janet (Jan) Storch is a nurse who has been deeply involved in nursing ethics, health ethics and research ethics throughout her career, including the debates about physician assisted death.

She studied and taught at the University of Alberta,  and was Dean of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She moved to Victoria to be Director of the School of Nursing, where she also has taught and conducted research on moral distress.

HSCD invites you to view Dr. Stroch's documentary, and to share in conversation on December 5th. The Camrose Public Library hosts two showings, 12:30pm, and 6:30pm.

"Reflecting on Death" is presented in partnership with Camrose United Church.