Grief & Bereavement

Grief & Bereavement can have a profound impact on us physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Because these affects can be unexpected and challenging, Hospice offers a wide range of compassionate and helpful support services for individuals and families facing death and loss.

Support Services

Grief Support Drop-in Groups
Currently, Hospice runs a drop-in group for people who are coping with grief after the death of a loved one. Drop-in is a chance for people to come together and socialize, talk, play games, do puzzles and connect with others who many share their grief experience. Drop in typically runs twice a year, in the spring and fall. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Grief Outreach Mailout
After the death of a loved one Hospice offers ongoing support through monthly mailouts. These newsletters include a write-up about common grief reactions and possible ways of coping. We also send a calendar of events and programs. Please call or e-mail the Hospice office if you wish to receive the mailout by post or e-mail. A few mailouts are available online here:

One on One Counselling & Support
Professional staff are available to provide grief counselling to individuals who are struggling to make sense of their loss. Please call the Hospice office if you wish to consult with a counselor. Learn more…

Evenings of Remembrance
Throughout the year Hospice hosts evenings of remembrance around the region to provide an opportunity for families, health care providers, and community members to remember loved ones who have died. Check our calendar of upcoming events for upcoming gatherings.

Angels Remembered
The holidays can be a difficult time. Each Christmas, Hospice has Angels Remembered trees in several locations across the region. Join us and place an angel on the tree in memory of your loved one who has died. Learn more…

Resource Library
Come in and browse or borrow from our library which includes many resources on topics related to dying and grief. Many people find that books and videos about death and dying can help provide a new perspective, much needed information, and reassurance that the grief we feel is “normal”.

Resources

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Colchester East Hants Hospice to host a public talk with Pallium Canada’s Bonnie Tompkins in Truro

October 12th 2016
For immediate release

Truro, NS – The Colchester East Hants Hospice (CEHH) is pleased to announce a free public talk with Pallium Canada’s, Bonnie Tompkins. Pallium Canada’s Compassionate Communities National Lead, Bonnie is currently working to mobilize compassionate communities across Canada. The Colchester East Hants Hospice and Pallium Canada are partnering to bring Pallium’s Compassionate Communities mobilization strategy and support tools to Nova Scotia. This free public lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7:00pm at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia.

In addition to Wednesday’s talk, a Compassionate Communities Workshop will take place on the morning of Thursday, November 9th. The workshop will provide community stakeholders from across the province a unique opportunity to learn how to mobilize a Compassionate Community. In particular, the workshop, facilitated by the CEHH social work team and Bonnie Tompkins, will focus on the piloting of Pallium’s new Compassionate Communities startup kit.

About Compassionate Communities and Pallium Canada

Public health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions for people to be “healthy”. Any issue affecting a society that has a prevalence, an impact on society, preventable suffering, effective interventions and equity issues, should be considered a public health issue. Given the universality of death, dying, loss and bereavement, palliative care is increasingly being seen around the world as a true public health issue. Much of the world has already mobilized around palliative care as a public health issue and a theory of practice to do so, has been articulated and embraced. This theory of practice that helps us mobilize on palliative care as a public health issue is known internationally as the Compassionate Cities or Compassionate Communities model.

Pallium Canada (www.pallium.ca) is a non-profit Pan-Canadian organization established in 2001 to develop palliative care-related educational programs. Pallium Canada is invested in helping Canada mobilize around Palliative Care and in particular, to understand, adapt and adopt Compassionate Communities initiatives. Through knowledge translation, education, project facilitation and leadership, Pallium Canada invites citizens, communities, care-providers, schools, businesses, educators and organizations to learn about Compassionate Communities and to “re-embrace” and then engage, in this vital social transformation.

About The Colchester East Hants Hospice

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society provides comfort and care to families as they face serious illness, death and grief. Hospice volunteers and professionals work closely with the Palliative Care team, putting the patient at the centre and in control of his or her own life and care. By delivering psychological, social, spiritual and practical support, Hospice promotes quality of living and quality of dying.

A registered charity, Hospice relies on the support of a generous community to fund all programs and receives no direct government funding. Hospice operations are entirely funded by private donations, bequests, fundraisers, and community grants.

Media Contact Information:

Craig Johnson
Executive Director
(902) 893-3265
cjohnson@cehhospice.org
www.cehhospice.org
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Free Public Talk with Pallium Canada’s Bonnie Tompkins

November 8, 2017, 7:00pm - November 8, 2017, 9:00pm

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Another successful Hospice Workplace Education program has come to an end. Thank you to the Canadian Red Cross in Truro for providing an excellent space for us to put on this class!

We're pleased to announce Hospice will be facilitating our sixth Workplace Education Program with Serena Lewis in November. These programs are offered free of charge and are limited to 12 participants. Register today by calling 902-893-3265 or emailing cjohnson@cehhospice.org.

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Free Workplace Education Course - Palliative Care & Grief:
End of Life Essential Communications with Serena Lewis

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, in partnership with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, is pleased to offer a FREE 40 Hour, 6 week, training program to working Nova Scotians: Palliative Care & Grief: End of Life Essential Communications.

Topics to include:
· Creating Context: A Critical Examination

· Self- Awareness: Communication styles, examining our own experiences, biases, as well as ways we can improve communication with client, family, colleagues and other external team members.

· Generational Awareness & Diversity within our team and in the process of dying and grieving

· Being with Dying : Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable in communication with family

· Grief:

- Understanding the misunderstandings
- Approaching death/ dying/ grief with a wide angled lens
- De-constructing grief models
· Setting Boundaries, Caring for ourselves, Seeking resources

- Strengthening our teams and resilience to do great work and provide exceptional dying

Program Details:

Dates:

Wednesday November 8th 2017
Wednesday November 15th 2017
Wednesday November 22nd 2017
Thursday November 30th 2017
Wednesday December 6th 2017
Wednesday December 13th 2017

Time:

8:30am – 3:30pm

Location:
TBD

Instructor:
Serena Lewis, PSW
An educator and social worker with a background in non-profit and workplace education, Serena is passionate about the cause of Hospice-Palliative care in our community, and assisting families through palliative and end of life care.

For further details, or to register, please email or phone the Colchester East Hants Hospice at cjohnson@cehhospice.org / 902-893-3265.
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