Grief Support During the Christmas Season

The holidays can be particularly difficult for those who are grieving a loss – whether recent or felt from years past , or an expected loss. Reaching out and letting grieving families know that you are thinking of them can help. If you or someone you know is grieving this holiday season, Canadian Virtual Hospice has compiled some resources that can help.

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HSCD Resource Library

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Located at the HSCD office in the lower level of the Mirror Lake Centre, our resource library is a one-stop shop for topics related to palliative/end-of-life care, grief and bereavement, and caregiver concerns. Browse books, DVD’s, and pamphlets for adults and children.

No registration or fees are involved. Simply fill in the library clipboard with the material title, your name and contact info, and the date borrowed. And no late fees – keep the materials as long as you need them, and return them when you are done.

What is a Green Sleeve and What Goes In It?

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Think of it as your “Medical Passport”. The Green sleeve is a plastic pocket that holds important Advance Care Planning documents and other forms that outline a patient’s goals for health care. It is given to patients cared for in AHS who have had discussions, or completed documents, that refer to decision-making about their current or future health care.

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Atul Gawande on Being Mortal

Watch R&E’s interview with best-selling author and surgeon Atul Gawande about aging, dying, end-of-life care, and the limits of medicine—all themes in his latest book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End." 
Atul Gawande on Being Mortal

Advance Care Planning - What's Your Excuse?

Advance Care Planning is a way to help you think about, talk about and document wishes for health care in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

You may never need your advance care plan - but if you do, you’ll be glad that it’s there and that you have had these conversations, to make sure that your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

Learn more about ACP with Alberta Health Services

Learn more about ACP with the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association
Advance Care Planning - What's Your Excuse?

Rituals for Patients and Families

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Rituals can help you and your family get through difficult times. Gathering together as a family to take part in a specific activity is one way to bring people together meaningfully. 

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