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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No winner again this week so the prize grows!!Number 946 was drawn this week but was not played so the estimated prize for next week is $260! Don’t forget to play your toonie or call our office at (902)893-3265 to prepay today! Thank you to everyone for playing, your support helps valuable Hospice Services in Colchester and East Hants 🌻 ... See MoreSee Less

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If you have any questions about how to play don’t hesitate to send us a message or call our office at (902)893-3265! The estimated prize for next week is $180!Number 831 was drawn today but was not played! Don’t forget to play your toonie or prepay before next Wednesday for your chance to win an estimated $180! Thank you everyone for playing! ... See MoreSee Less

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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

Thank you to everyone who played this week, and don’t forget to play your toonie or prepay before next Wednesday’s draw!Number 597 was drawn today but was not played so the winnings roll over to next week! Thank you to everyone who played this week and don’t forget to play your toonie or prepay before next Wednesday’s draw of an estimated prize of $130!! ... See MoreSee Less

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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

So excited to see your great work supporting #CompassionateCommunities already. Great example #CCforCdns https://t.co/Wg81lTB6ma

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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