What is a Palliative Care Approach?

Palliative Care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their 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)

Hospice Society Programs

Palliative Care Approach 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 care/end-of-life Hospice support contact the hospice office at 780-608-0636

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 Patty at the Hospice office at 780-226-6743

Hospice Support Groups

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Hospice provides a selection of support groups throughout the year.

Groups are offered when demand is sufficient and facilitators are available; check with the office for dates:

  • Parent Grief Support Group
  • Suicide Loss Grief Group 
  • Children's Art Therapy Grief Group (ages 7-12)
  • Teen Grief Group (ages 13+)
  • Adult Grief Group 
  • Grief Walking Group
  • Men's Cooking Circle Grief Group 
  • Caregiver Support Group 
  • Cancer Survivor Support Group 

If you do not see a group that fits your needs, please make a request by  contacting the office at 780-608-0636 or email

Parent Grief Support

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This group is for adults who have experienced the loss of a child, of any age.  This group runs for 6 weeks.
Topics include marriage, surviving children dynamics, pregnancy loss and strategies to cope as a family.
  • January 16 - February 20, 2024
  • Mirror Lake Centre, Camrose
  • From 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Call the Camrose Hospice office to register 780-608-0636. 

Adult Grief Support Group

Sorrow is a universal human experience, one that arises from a vast array of losses.

Sometimes the symptoms of our grief are overwhelming, washing over us in waves of emotion. Making sense of our loss in a way that is transformative is at the heart of our sorrowing journey.

This support group is for adults who have experienced a loss.

Interested participants will be contacted by a facilitator who will discuss the program content, answer your questions and discuss readiness for group grief work.

Topics Covered Include:
  • Telling Our Story 
  • Soulfulness of Grief
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Feelings
  • Looking Back
  • The Business of Reality
  • Self-compassion
  • The Legacy
  • Grief’s Journey

Group work includes discussion and activities, facilitator presentations, videos, writing exercises, journaling, and knowledge sharing. You are invited to share as you feel comfortable. You may observe only or step out of the group at any time.

 Register for:

March 7th - April 11th, 2024

Hospice office at 5415-49 Ave, lower level, southside of the building

To Register by phone, or for more information
Call 780.608.0636 or email

Thank you to Saint Mary's Hospital, Camrose, for generously sharing their grief support facilitator's manual with Hospice


Download "Hospice Brochure.pdf"

Grief-Support Walking Group

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

Meet at the Hospice Office for a leisurely walk around Mirror Lake, followed by coffee and conversation.

Summer walking - Meet at the Hospice office - Mirror Lake Center, lower level (lake-side) 

Please register when you arrive.

Winter walking - takes place at the Camrose Recreation Center indoor walking track (2nd floor)
Everyone affected by loss is welcome to attend 
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iPad Loan Program

HSCD has iPads available for loan, which comes with a Hospice volunteer (see description above). This person will provide mentoring and teaching on use of the iPad for connecting to family and friends digitally.

Ideas for use:
- Partners who are separated through hospitalization
- Clients who require online access

Our digital-connection program provides clients with an iPad and charger for a thee-month period of use. A volunteer is available during this time for technical and social support, as well as supporting clients in navigating other resources to raise their quality of life.

After three months, if clients/families are comfortable with and appreciate the device they are encouraged to purchase one for themselves.

Contact the Administrative Coordinator for more information:

P: 780-608-0636

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, Camrose Association for Community Living, and community facilitators.
The program runs one evening per week for five 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. All grieving men are welcome.

Tuesdays, March 12 - April 9th, 2024

To register by phone call 780.608.0636, or email
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