Hospice Society Programs

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and families facing the problems associated with a life-limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments, and appropriate interventions.

End-of-Life Care is special palliative care provided to an individual and their family when they are approaching a period of time closer to death, which may be exemplified by an intensification of services and assessments aimed at comfort.
(Ammended from the Palliative/End-of-life Care Alberta Provincial Framework)

Palliative Support During a Life-Limiting Illness

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This program brings together trained  HSCD volunteers with individuals who have received a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. Quality of life is key to our service, and Hospice volunteers provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to both clients and their families. We acknowledge that these relationships benefit and enrich both the volunteer and those facing a life-limiting illness.

Care Volunteers may help with daily tasks, listen to life stories, or simply sit in quiet companionship. Family and other supports may be present, or they can take time to step away for rest or other responsibilities.

All Hospice volunteers receive thorough training, as well as on-going support, so that they may provide a high level of excellence in service to the community.

To receive palliative/end-of-life Hospice support contact our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Joy LeBlanc, at 587-322-9269, or email


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

The goal of Nav-Care is to improve the quality of life of individuals with advanced chronic illness by:
  • Relieving feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety.
  • Providing someone to be a sounding board.
  • Connecting to community and the world at large.
  • Locating local services and resources to help manage your illness.
  • Assisting to re-engage in hobbies and other interests.
  • One on one relationships tailored to your specific needs.

Nav-CARE utilizes:
  • Navigation services
  • Community partnerships
  • Coordinated access to services and resources
  • Promotion of active engagement of older adults. 

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

Visits take place in-home, at the convenience of individuals needing support.

To access Nav-CARE, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Joy LeBlanc at 587.322.9269

Caregiver's Support Group

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US - Understanding Support is a gathering of support for those in caregiver roles.

Meeting twice monthly, this group provides debriefing, resources, and connections for personal caregivers.

US  is:
  • Face to face contact to share your experiences & concerns
  • Opportunity to create supportive friendships
  • Reducing isolation, an opportunity to get out of home
  • Regular, bi-monthly meetings
  • Local people, local connections
  • Avoiding Tunnel Vision   
  • Sharing feelings
  • Focusing on that which you can control
  • Finding the silver lining

* US will create space for the sharing of your unique story.
* US explores issues that may be a cause of caregiver fatigue.
* US offers suggestions for coping with day-to-day caregiving challenges that you may encounter in caring for a loved-one.

Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
Hospice office at Mirror Lake Centre
5415-49 Ave (lower level)

Call Joan at 780.672.9579 for more information
Suicide prevention day

Suicide-Grief Support Group

This intake-based group is for anyone, 18 years and older, who has been affected by suicide. The group is co-facilitated by CMHA Jenn Pilot and HSCD Bill Harder.

The group will meet Wednesday evenings, Sept 18th to Nov 20th. No cost for participants. Call Bill at 780.608.0636 to register. Space is limited.

Grief-Support Walking Group

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This drop-in group meets year-round, 52 weeks, on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am.

Spring, summer, and fall walking (now in effect) meet at the Hospice office (Mirror Lake Center, lower level, lake-side) for a leisurely walk around Mirror Lake, followed by coffee and conversation (coffee compliments of the Camrose Primary Care Network).
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Winter walking takes place at the Camrose Recreation Center indoor walking track (2nd floor); there is a $3 fee for using the track.

Please register with an HSCD volunteer when you arrive (look for the yellow jacket).

One-On-One Grief Support

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Book time with Grief & Bereavement Coordinator, Bill Harder, for conversation about your grief journey. Assessment and referral are provided as desired. There is no fee for this support.
Phone 780-608-0636, or email

Grief Companioning Program

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Grief companions are HSCD-trained volunteers offering one-on-one grief support. Based on Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s model of companioning the bereaved, companions are a compassionate, listening presence when you need a safe place to tell the story of your loss and share tears... or laughter. Meeting in your home, or out for coffee, companions fill spaces created by the loneliness of bereavement.

For more information or to register, contact Grief & Bereavement Coordinator Bill Harder at 780-608-0636, or email

Men's Cooking Circle

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Men's Cooking Circle is an opportunity to learn basic cooking skills, meet other men, cook and eat together, and to engage in conversation with men who are experiencing grief. This is a partnership program with Hospice, Alberta Health Services, Safeway/Sobeys, the Open Door, and community facilitators.
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The program runs one evening per week for seven weeks, and includes a grocery store tour, nutritional information, cooking instruction, dining on the meals we prepare, and of course, rich conversation on all things grief and mourning for men.
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All grieving men are welcome.

Next Cooking Circle dates:
May 28-July 9
Location: Camrose Open Door

To register by phone call Bill at 780.608.0636, or email
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Bereavement & Grief Workshop

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Colette Howery (retired RN, Certificate in Grief Support) and Donna Lynne Erickson (Certified Grief Facilitator) facilitate a one-day bereavement and grief workshop for the public that covers the following topics:
  • How to be a companion/grief helper to someone who has experienced a loss
  • Types of loss: loss of mobility, loss of health, loss of earning potential
  • The importance of integrating loss into our own lives first
  • That everyone’s grief journey is unique and that we all grieve differently
  • How to recognize signs of complicated grief
  • How to access appropriate community resources
Donna Lynne writes:
“Since 2011, we have met hundreds of wonderful people who have taught us the uniqueness of grief and loss. This seminar is for everyone. Learn how to walk alongside another who is suffering loss (of any type). Understand the nature of grief and how it affects your physical, mental, emotional, cognitive and social realms. There may be tears, sure to be laughter and likely a shift in your perspective when it comes to understanding the ritual of mourning.

This workshop is 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.
Location: Camrose Public Library

2019 Dates (to register online click on the date below):

Camrose: Oct 4
Sedgewick: Oct 26

Workshops run 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free with registration
Register by phone: 780-608-0636

For more information contact HSCD volunteer, Colette Howery at 780-672-6166.

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 Cafés 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.

Spring Dates (3rd Thursday of each month):
- June 20
Time: 7-8:30 pm