Helen’s HUGs

A way to remember.
There is no more poignant symbol of hospice-palliative care than the image of the handcrafted HUG’s individually created by Gerald Shearer. Gerald’s wife Helen 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.

A new way to remember!

Coming in September 2019, The Colchester East Hants Society will have a new way to remember the love shared by Gerald and Helen.  A clothing line will be first to launch, with T-shirts available sporting Helen’s HUG on the front.  It is the hope of Colchester East Hants Hospice Society that these new items will help spread the wonderful message of gratitude and love from Gerald and Helen’s original story to people everywhere to share and enjoy the gift of a HUG.  More items will be added regularly so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information.

The perfect gift.
Helen’s HUG’s 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. HUG’s 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.

Resources

  • HUG’s and hug products will be available year round by contacting us online.
  • Chocolate HUG’s can be purchased by contacting The Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop, or through Colchester East Hants retailers just in time for Valentine’s day every year.

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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer Jean Gascoigne:

Why is Hospice important to you?

"My journey to hospice came when I needed help with coping with grief from the loss of my Mother, Father and twin brother as well as close friends in a very short period of time.

After giving myself time to heal and face the world in a different way, I realized that I would like to give back some of the knowledge I had learned from my life lessons with grief.

The opportunity arose to take a training course which hospice put on. This gave me the tools and understanding to help families in my community by sitting with their loved ones while they took a little well earned time for themselves.

Everyone will suffer loss in their lives but with the guidance of hospice many families will be able to face the loss of a loved one knowing that there is always someone there for them with just a smile, word of encouragement or hug to give them courage to face another day."
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Did You Know... We accept cash, cheque, credit cards or e-transfers for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 *PRE-PAY OPTION*.

Email us at info@cehhospice.org or call us at 902-893-3265 to make arrangements!
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It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 072 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated at $225!

Thank you to all of our participants for your continued support... If you would still like to SIGN UP, it's not too late!

Find out everything you need to know at cehhospice.org/bucket-list-50-50/.
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✨Don’t forget to PLAY YOUR TOONIE by 12:00 pm Wednesday to enter this week's Hospice Bucket List 50/50!✨
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If you haven't signed up yet, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Visit the link in our bio for all of the details.
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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer Jean Gascoigne:

Why is Hospice important to you? "My journey to hospice came when I needed help with coping with grief from the loss of my Mother, Father and twin brother as well as close friends … https://t.co/vvw9DdA9BQ

Did You Know... We accept cash, cheque, credit cards or e-transfers for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 *PRE-PAY OPTION*.
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Email us at info@cehhospice.org or call us at 902-893-3265 to make arrangements!
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#hospice #trurobuzz #bucketlist #didyouknow #dyk … https://t.co/kjtcvbaHfy

It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 072 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated at $225!
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Thank you to all of our participants for your continued support... If you would still like t… https://t.co/U4DCVo8jIs

✨Don’t forget to PLAY YOUR TOONIE by 12:00 pm Wednesday to enter this week's Hospice Bucket List 50/50!✨
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If you haven't signed up yet, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Visit the link in our bio for all of the details.
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#hospice #5050 #trurobuzz #dontforget #cha… https://t.co/17f9PuqVKd

This week's number – 516 – was PLAYED in our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! Our WINNER will be taking home $561.50. Thank you to all participants for your continued support. This was one of our biggest week to date and we are excited to see it grow!
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