Helen’s HUGs

A way to remember.
There is no more poignant symbol of hospice-palliative care than the handcrafted HUG’s individually made by Gerald Shearer. Gerald’s wife died on the Palliative Care program before she had a chance to thank the many staff and volunteers who cared for her during her illness. Helen was a natural “hugger” so in her memory Gerald handmade and presented each staff member with Helen’s HUG. Since that time Gerald has crafted and donated thousands of wooden HUGS to the Hospice Society. They are then painted by many individual and group volunteers in the community including the North River Elementary School, the Nova Institution, and many more.

The perfect gift.
Helen’s HUGs have been requested and sent around the world including France, England, Afghanistan, throughout the US, and Canada, raising awareness about the importance of community support and quality of care at end of life. HUGS are available to the community here in Colchester East-Hants during the Valentine’s season through local businesses. A HUG makes the perfect gift for friends, family and loved ones especially as they remember those special individuals in their lives who have died. All donations go towards our Hospice Society programming including Palliative Volunteer Visiting and Grief and Bereavement Support.

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  • HUGs will be available year round for a suggested donation of $5 each by contacting us online.

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We have a full week of events and activities happening during National Hospice Palliative Care Week (NHPCW) in 2018! Please check out the events listed on our page, and get in touch with any questions you may have.

A special thank you so much to all of our NHPCW 2018 partners who are helping to build a more Compassionate Community in Colchester East Hants: Truro Farmers Market Cooperative, Sobeys, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS), Colchester Historeum, Colchester - East Hants Public Library, First United Church, Truro, NS, Caregivers Nova Scotia Association and NovelTea Bookstore Cafe. #trurons #novascotia #mycompassiontecanada
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We have two NEW workplace education programs with Serena Lewis coming in May! https://t.co/ycO7rpkCmy #trurons #novascotia #hospice #palliative

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We are pleased to announce we will be offering another Hospice Workplace Education program with Serena Lewis in Spring of 2018. #trurons #novascotia https://t.co/twEr9k8WAE

Truro & area: Are a family/friend caregiver? Do you feel overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities? @CaregiversNS 's free Caregiver Stress Management workshop on May 10 can help. @CEHPL @hospice_ceh

Elmsdale & area: Are you a family/friend caregiver? Are you looking for ways to maintain or regain your life balance? @CaregiversNS 's free Caregiver Stress Management workshop on May 9th can help. @CEHPL @hospice_ceh

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