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 are so EXCITED to share our first $1000 winner in our NEW Bucket List Lotto!

CONGRATULATIONS to Laureen Rushton!

Our entire team wants to thank those that recently purchased a ticket and for supporting our grief programming and services!

Stay tuned for our next winner on July 15th!

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We are grateful to Totally Local for providing us the opportunity to sell our HUG products.

Pop in this week and pick out a HUG product for yourself or grab a gift for a friend who could use a socially distant HUG. 💛

Thank you to our product partners:
Dropwise Aromatherapy
Clay Cafe Truro
Beck and Boosh
Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop
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Because of the overwhelming support from our community, we sold out of our Bucket List Lotto tickets and will no longer have our table at the Truro Farmers Market Cooperative this week.

We will still be shooting our live video onsite at the market at 9:30 am, so feel free to join us or tune in!
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We have officially SOLD OUT of our Bucket List Lotto tickets. Thank you to our amazing community for showing such incredible support to our organization.

Our first $1,000 draw will be on Wednesday, July 1. Stay tuned...
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"With no government funding, the hospice society relies heavily on fundraisers and donations... Harrison says this change has already allowed the team to put their focus back on developing programs and services."

https://hubnow.ca/colchester-east-hants-hospice-society-changes-bucket-list-fundraiser-due-to-pandemic-need-for-support-services/?fbclid=IwAR0fWiMoWyHDVdSoCiEipre27fv2s89GAa5l_dKvs35Z0IzzqfQ1HyG1zzg

As we head into the weekend, don’t forget to visit our website for access to our grief and bereavement resources.

Included, you'll find information on:

• Coping with Grief for Adults
• Coping with Grief for Kids
• Rituals from Home
• And more...

https://cehhospice.org/grief-bereavement/

If there was ever a time for a HUG, this is it. With our friend, @sherfitch, we are asking you to share a photo of you with your painted Hospice HUG to send a virtual HUG to those who need it in our community.

Tag us @cehhospice + use the hashtag #hugforhospice

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Looks like you found one of our HUGS for Hospice, @sherfitch! Thank you for spreading the message. And a HUG right back to you. 🤗 #hugforhospice #sendahug #InThisTogether

https://cehhospice.org/hugs/

Management of the Sobeys store on Prince Street in Truro donated flowers to @cehhospice which in turn donated them to staff and physicians at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. We are grateful to Sobeys for supporting the community even more than they already have.

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