HSCD 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)

Support During a Life-Limiting Illness

Support During a Life-Limiting Illness

This program brings together trained 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



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

This program endeavors to improve the quality of life of adults living at home with a chronic and/or life-limiting illness. This may include a diagnosis of cancer, ALS, MS,  advanced heart, kidney or lung diseases, among many other conditions.

Trained HSCD volunteer navigators conduct regular visits with individuals in the home.

Navigation may include: advocating; facilitating community connections; coordinating access to services and resources; and promoting active engagement of individuals with their community.

To access N-CARE, contact N-CARE coordinator, Wanita Toews, at 780.678.6859

Grief-Support Walking Group

Grief-Support Walking Group

This drop-in group meets year-round, 52 weeks, on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. In the non-snow season we meet at the Camrose Visitor Center Parking Lot (map) for a leisurely walk around Mirror Lake, followed by coffee and conversation (coffee compliments of the Camrose Primary Care Network). Winter walking, which is now in place, takes place at the Camrose Recreation Center indoor walking track (map); there is a $3 fee for using the track.

Please register with an HSCD volunteer when you arrive.

One-On-One Grief Support

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

Grief Companioning Program

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 stories and shed tears. Meeting in your home, or out for coffee, companions fill spaces created by the loneliness of sorrow.

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

Men's Cooking Circle

Men's Cooking Circle

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, the Open Door, and community facilitators.

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.

All grieving men are welcome, however, first seats are given to those men who are bereaved of their partner.  Contact Bill Harder at to register.

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Death Cafè

Death Cafè

"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.

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

Bereavement & Grief Workshop

Bereavement & Grief Workshop

Sponsored by the Camrose Primary Care Network, 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; and
  • 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.

Camrose Public Library (March 9)
Bashaw Majestic Theatre (March 28)

Workshops run 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: Free with registration
To register: 780-608-4927

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