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2019 Hike for Hospice

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Sunday, May 5th is National Hike for Hospice and the kick off to National Palliative Care Week.

This year we are partnering with our office mates, the Battle River Watershed Alliance to raise awareness for both palliative/grief care and our life-giving watershed.

Come one come all! Bring your family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers and walk with us. Enjoy the afternoon’s family festivities! Hike for Hospice Camrose is a fun family and fur-friendly event.

This year’s hike takes place at the Mirror Lake Center (5415-49 ave) overlooking Mirror lake in Camrose. We meet at 1pm, walk a  leisurely pace around the lake, and return to enjoy entertainment, food, and conversation. Paths are stroller, dog, child, and wheelchair friendly.

As in other years, we invite you to bring your connections on board by sponsoring you for the walk. Click on the PDF link to download the 2019 HIke Pledge Sheet.

Time: 1 PM- 4 PM
Location: Mirror Lake Centre
Cost: Free

Call 780.608.0636 for more information.

Download "Hike for Hospice Camrose 2019.pdf"

Daytime Grief Support Group

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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.

Next dates TBA
Mondays, 10 am till noon

To Register by phone, or for more information
Call 780.608.0636 or email camrosehospice@gmail.com 

Download "Daytime grief group brochure.pdf"

Art for the Heart: 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 engage various art forms as a way to explore their grief.

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.

Facilitators: Art therapist Nikki Featherstone and Grief & Bereavement Coordinator Bill Harder
Location: Mirror Lake Center, Lower-level (5415-49 ave), Camrose
Dates: To Be Determined

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

To Register: Call or email Bill at 780.608.0636 camrosehospice@gmail.com

Download "Child Grief Poster - 2.pdf"

HSCD Volunteer Training
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association: Palliative Care Training

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Whose Life Will You Change?
Volunteering with Hospice is a way to positively impact your community.

You may begin volunteering today by contacting Volunteer Coordinator, Joy LeBlanc at 587.322.9269.

Volunteer training is offered via online modules, evening classroom sessions, and through twice-yearly weekend intensives. Everyone is welcome to participate, however, first seats are saved for those intending to become HSCD volunteers.

For more information click HERE

Next Weekend Intensive Training:

Register Online for Camrose: April 26-28

Camrose Training:
Camrose Fire Hall Community Room

Training Outline
  • Introduction to Palliative/end-of-life Support, and the Value of Silence
  • Effective Communications
  • Family Dynamics
  • Emotional & Spiritual Support: A vision for holistic care
  • Companioning Grief
  • Physical Care of the Dying
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Self Care: Grace and compassion for self and others


Those who wish to become Hospice Volunteer Caregivers must complete all training sessions.

For more information:
Website: Volunteer page
Phone: Joy at 587.322.9269

Bereavement and Grief Workshop

We all face loss, eventually.

This free workshop is for:
•People who are coping with grief and loss; and
•Support People (i.e. friends, co-workers, family, and/or healthcare providers).

Where and WHEN:

2019 Dates (to register online click on the desired date below):
Camrose: May 24 - Camrose Public Library
Camrose: Oct 4 - Camrose Public Library
Sedgewick: Oct 26 - Flagstaff County Office

Cost: Free (pre-registration required)
Workshops run 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

WHAT TO EXPECT

Participants will learn:
•  How to be a companion/grief helper to someone who has experienced a loss
• The importance of integrating loss into our own lives first;
• That everyone's grief journey is unique & that we all grieve differently
• How to recognize signs of complicated grief
• How to access appropriate community resources

To receive more information, or to register by phone, please phone HSCD at (780) 608-0636 or email camrosehospice@gmail.com
Space is limited. 

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.

All grieving men are welcome, however, first seats are given to those men who are bereaved of their partner.

Next Cooking Circle dates:
Dates to be determined
Location: Camrose Open Door

To register by phone call Bill at 780.608.0636, or email camrosehospice@gmail.com

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.

2019 Dates (3rd Thursday of each month):
- Jan 17, Feb 23, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20
Time: 7-8:30 pm