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 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 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

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 seasons  meet at the Hospice office (Mirror Lake Center) for a leisurely walk around Mirror Lake, followed by coffee and conversation (coffee compliments of the Camrose Primary Care Network).

Winter walking (now in effect) 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.

The Story-Box: A Child-Grief Support Group

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This 5-week program is for children ages 7-12 who are grieving a loss. Children will create a story box to fill with memories associated with their loss.

Through art and conversation participants will be skillfully guided by our team of trained and enthusiastic facilitators in a safe, welcoming and compassionate setting.

Parents and guardians are welcome to participate with their children. An intake conversation will be scheduled to meet the facilitators and to answer questions about the program.

As with all Hospice programs, there are no fees to participate in this program

To register, or for more information contact the Hospice office at 780.608.0636 or email

For upcoming dates check our What's Happening page

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:
Early February 2019 - watch for specific dates
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

Dates: November 30, 2018

Workshops run 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: Free with registration
November Workshop: REGISTER Online
Or 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.

See our "What's Happening" page for event dates