Hospice Society Programs
What is Palliative Care?
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
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 email@example.com
The goal of NavCare is to improve the quality of life of older rural persons 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 improve their quality of life and remain in their communities.
Visits take place in-home, at the convenience of individuals needing support.
To access N-CARE, contact Program Coordinator, Bill Harder, at 780.608.0636
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Men's Cooking Circle
"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."
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
- 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.
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.