For Immediate Release: Colchester East Hants Hospice marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week with a variety of events and activities

For immediate release

Truro, NS – This year, National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs from May 6-12. The theme for 2018, “Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh?” encourages Canadians to consider ways community involvement can support the dying and bereavement process.

For National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2018, the Colchester East Hants Hospice (CEHH) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is calling on Canadians to answer these questions:

  • What makes a compassionate community?
  • How can compassionate communities support end of life care?

“When we think about death and dying we often imagine a hospital setting, and that can be a very frightening image for people,” says CHPCA Executive Director Sharon Baxter. “When individuals are actively engaged in their communities they surround themselves with a network of caring allies who can support their end of life wishes and contribute to living well. Within a compassionate communities model, living and dying well becomes everybody’s business.”

“The Colchester East Hants Hospice fully embraces the principles behind the Compassionate Communities movement,” says CEHH Executive Director Craig Johnson. “In 2018 we’ve created a week of activities and events that will put us out into the community, partnering with local businesses and organizations, to raise awareness. We’ve made a special effort to be creative, and we are offering brand new things such as a Film Night at NovelTea, a panel discussion on Historical & Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief at the Colchester Historeum, and a Variety Show at First United Church. We’re also offering a series of information sessions, Death Café’s, an Open House, and more.”

The full schedule of actives for National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Colchester East Hants can be found by visiting   www.cehhospice.org/nhpcw2018/.

For this year’s campaign, the CHPCA has created four downloadable posters that visually represent the different ways compassionate communities can support living well, as well as a backgrounder and resource list. In addition, Canadians throughout the healthcare sector as well as individuals are encouraged to use the hashtag #MyCompassionateCanada to share their experiences with compassionate care, ideas for living well, and their thoughts on how we can come together to support each other now and at the end of life.

National Hospice Palliative Care Week is coordinated by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Funding for National Hospice Palliative Care Week is provided by GlaxoSmithKline, Purdue, CBI Health Care and Innovative Medicines Canada. For more information and downloadable resources for National Hospice Palliative Care Week, please visit www.chpca.net/week.

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The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association – the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada – is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened. The CHPCA operates in close partnership with other national organizations and continues to work to ensure that all Canadians, regardless of where they may live, have equal access to quality hospice palliative care services for themselves and their families. 

The Colchester East Hants Hospice provides comfort and care to families facing death, dying, and grief in Colchester East Hants. A non-profit, and registered charity, the Colchester East Hants Hospice receives no government funding and entirely dependent on community support. Those interested in supporting the work of CEHH can visit the Hospice Centre, call, or visit www.cehhospice.org.

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Did you know... Hospice has a wonderful community of volunteers who lovingly create our “lapghans".

Many of our lapghans, or lap blankets, are crocheted by the talented group pictured above at the Creative Café at the Valley United Church.

They regularly use their crochet skills to make sure that our volunteers are able to give these comforts of home to as many patients as we can on the Palliative Care Unit. For more information about our "lapghans" and how you can help out, please call (902) 893-3265, drop by our office, or message us on Facebook.
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This week's number – 519 – was PLAYED in our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! Our WINNER will be taking home $335. 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 asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Vice-President, Ricardo Garcia: Why is Hospice important to you?

"One of the precious things that we have in our life is family, who we could not live without. Originally from the Philippines, and growing up in a culture where family ties are valued the most, I certainly faced personal challenges when I moved to Canada almost a decade ago.

I created my own version of family with my friends, my patients in the long term care facility and the community that I served. As a registered nurse, I experienced grief and loss through people who were family to me; patients and friends. Fortunately, Hospice was there with us every step of the way. It gave me comfort and peace of mind to know that there were volunteers keeping a friend company when I was at work and to offer support to a patient after my visit.

To pay it forward, I volunteered to be part of the Hospice family knowing that Hospice resonates with my dream to build a more compassionate community."
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Did you know... our Memorial Garden was created by the combined hard work of wonderful volunteers, plants and trees from Joanne Venner's Garden and a grant from the United Way?

People often remark how beautiful the garden is when it is in full bloom. That beauty is not possible without volunteers who love to work with the earth.

Here is our garden view from May 15, 2019. Watch our garden grow over the coming months... and be sure to check out our Garden & Chat events if you are interested in helping us out this season.

If you have a green thumb, or just love being outside with great people, contact us at (902) 893-3265, or send us a Facebook message.
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It's a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 330 – was NOT played. Thank you to all participants for your continued support... Next week's winnings are estimated to be $330!

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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A great discussion on Historical & Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief. A huge thank you to our panelists Dr. Lynn Jones, Cynthia Martin, Samantha Molen, Ashley Sutherland, and our moderator Craig Johnson. #mycompassionatecanada @Col_Historeum @CanadianHPCAssn

Stop by the @Col_Historeum tonight at 7pm for "Historical Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief". A panel discussion in collaboration with @hospice_ceh This is a free event, all welcome!

.@trurodaily: Colchester-East Hants Hospice holding events for Hospice Palliative Care Week https://t.co/clwzUBIWay #trurons #novascotia #mycompassionatecanada @CanadianHPCAssn

Caregiver Awareness Month is officially underway! Join the conversation throughout May using #CGAware2018 to help us raise awareness of all that #novascotia #caregivers do for their families and communities.

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