National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Colchester East Hants #mycompassionatecanada

This year the Colchester East Hants Hospice is marking National Hospice Palliative Care Week with a full week of events and activities. All events are free or by donation! We encourage everyone to participate in helping us build a more compassionate community! CLICK HERE to download a copy of the poster detailing the weeks activities.

What’s Happening?

Saturday May 5th

8:00-1:00pm – Hospice will have a table at the Truro Farmer’s Market. Drop by and say hello! We will have detailed information on the week’s events, Hospice services, and free resources available.

Sunday May 6th

10:30am (9:30am registration) – Hike for Hospice will take place in Elmsdale, NS. The walk will start at Sobeys and parade throughout the community to raise awareness about Hospice Palliative Care. Register and pledge your donations online, or at the event. Walk to be followed by a complimentary BBQ.

Monday May 7th

1:00pm-4:00pm – Open House and BBQ at the Hospice Centre at 89 Queen Street in Truro, NS.

Tuesday May 8th

10:30am – Wills & Estates Made Easy, Truro Library – The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia will discuss preparing a will, personal directive and power of attorney, as part of best estate planning practices.

1:30pm – Wills & Estates Made Easy, Elmsdale Library – The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia will discuss preparing a will, personal directive and power of attorney, as part of best estate planning practices.
* Contact each library to register.

1:30pm – Knitting Bee in Truro! Come to the Hospice Centre at 89 Queen Street for the Month of May’s Hospice Social Club. People of all ages and ability are welcome to bring the their current projects: knitting, crochet, or cross stitch. Sit, knit, and chat about Hospice Palliative Care while enjoying tea, coffee, and light snacks.

7:00pm – Historic and Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, & Grief.

Join us at the Colchester Historeum for a panel discussion on current and past cultural practices surrounding end of life. Admission is free of charge and complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Moderated by Hospice Executive Director, Craig Johnson, the panel will explore current and past cultural practices surrounding end of life. Panelists include:

Dr. Lynn Jones – African Nova Scotian leader and activist, Dr. Jones is passionate about the way her community approaches notions around end-of-life, death, and grief.

Cynthia (Cyndi) Martin- A Mi’kmaw artist with a keen interest in heritage, culture, and archaeology. Cynthia just completed her degree from NSCAD University where she based her ceramic and textile art on the natural beauty of Mi’kma’ki.

Ashley Sutherland – An researcher and archivist, Ashley Sutherland has a Masters in Art History (with a concentration in curatorial museum studies) and currently serves as Archivist with the Colchester Historeum.

Samantha Molen – A Palliative Social Worker with the Colchester East Hants Hospice, Samantha Molen completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Samantha’s role at Hospice finds her most often in community providing a variety supports to families and individuals living with life limiting illnesses. Samantha works closely with the NS Health Authority’s palliative care team at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.

Wednesday May 9th

1:30pm – Caregiver Stress Management Workshop, Elmsdale – This Caregivers Nova Scotia Presentation by Cindie Smith will look at causes, symptoms, recognition of Caregiver stress. The workshop will also provide stress management tools.
* Contact East Hants Library to register.

Thursday May 10th

1:30pm – Caregiver Stress Management Workshop, Truro – This Caregivers Nova Scotia Presentation by Cindie Smith will look at causes, symptoms, recognition of Caregiver stress. The workshop will also provide stress management tools.
* Contact Truro Library to register.

7:00pm – Hospice Variety Show – Join us at First United Church in Truro for an evening of performances by local talent! Admission by donation (suggested donation of $5.00).

Friday May 11th

7:00pm – Noveltea Film Night – Join us for a screening of Philadelphia. Tickets are available by donation. Noveltea will also be serving a speciality Hospice Hug drink, with proceeds going to Hospice.

Saturday May 12th

10:00am-12:00pm – Kids Hospice Hug Painting! – Taking place at the Truro Public Library, this event is for children of all ages. Join us and paint some one of our wooden Hospice Hugs and learn about their story!

1:00-3:00pm – Death Cafe, Elmsdale Library – Join us for a self-directed conversation about death and dying. Cake and light refreshments will be available.

2:00-4:00pm – Death Cafe, Truro Library – Join us for a self-directed conversation about death and dying. Cake and light refreshments will be available.
* Contact each library to register.

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We grabbed this screenshot from our video with Truro Buzz to remind you to PLAY YOUR TOONIE by 12:00 pm Wednesday to enter this week's Hospice Bucket List 50/50!

OR if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late! Visit cehhospice.org/bucket-list-50-50/ for all of the details.
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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Social Worker – specializing in Grief & Bereavement Support for Children & Youth – Laura McNutt: Why is Hospice important to you?

"Through working with children and youth in various capacities, I recognized that there is a need for more grief support with this demographic. When I was provided the opportunity to help children and youth in my own hometown of Truro with grief and bereavement programming, I couldn’t resist.

Experiencing grief at any stage in life is very difficult for individuals and families, and having that extra support is often important to them. My goal is to provide children and youth who are experiencing grief, healthy ways of coping with their loss in a positive, comfortable environment."

Laura started at Hospice Monday, July 8 and she will be working to develop new programs for the Fall.
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Did you know!? ... This year, Hospice Society staff and volunteers helped with planting flowers on the beautiful Palliative Care Unit patio thanks to a generous donation and expertise provided from Lowland Gardens.

Though we operate as separate organizations, we value the partnership we have with the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Palliative Care Unit, with important projects like this one.
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It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 724 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated to be $300!

Thank you to all participants for your continued support...

It's not too late to SIGN UP – Find out everything you need to know at cehhospice.org/bucket-list-50-50/.
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We grabbed this screenshot from our video with @trurobuzz to remind you to PLAY YOUR TOONIE by 12:00 pm Wednesday to enter this week's Hospice Bucket List 50/50!
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OR if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late! Visit https://t.co/Dj7ae0EKfT for all… https://t.co/7IJHobb2WT

We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Social Worker – specializing in Grief & Bereavement Support for Children & Youth – Laura McNutt: Why is Hospice important to you?
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"Through working with children and youth in various capacities, I recognize… https://t.co/nhoryNW6ca

Did you know!? ... This year, Hospice Society staff and volunteers helped with planting flowers on the beautiful Palliative Care Unit patio thanks to a generous donation and expertise provided from Lowland Gardens.
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Though we operate as separate organiz… https://t.co/U45RwCGNGp

It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 724 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated to be $300!
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Thank you to all participants for your continued support...
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It's not too late to SIGN U… https://t.co/oH34O2cFsm

Why Hospice? | Meet long time supporter of the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, Martha Ferguson. .
Martha takes the lead on our Daisy Day event in Tatamagouche each year... This year, we raised over $800 largely due to the loyal following for Mart… https://t.co/gyvFGdjvQg

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