Helen’s HUGs

Helen's HUG Necklace

A beautiful necklace inspired by Gerald’s original wooden HUG.

A way to remember.
There is no more poignant symbol of hospice-palliative care than the image of the handcrafted HUG’s originally 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 individuals and group volunteers in the community before being shared with the caring people in our compassionate community.

A new way to remember!

New in December 2019, The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society will have a new way to remember the love shared by Gerald and Helen.  Thanks to our community partner Beck & Boosh, a necklace inspired by the original wooden hug will become the newest product to launch in our HUG line of products.   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 in order to share and enjoy the gift of a HUG.  More items will be added in 2020 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. All HUG’s products will be 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 Family Centered 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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Please meet Laurie Gunn! "I have been a volunteer with hospice for the past thirteen (13) years and have been baking ginger cookies on the palliative care unit at the hospital since 2012. There is something about being able to make a patient and their family feel like "our" kitchen is their kitchen. It makes me happy to be a part of the Hospice volunteer team!"Laurie wants to know, "What's on your bucket List?"Each ticket is $50, gives you 26 chances to win $1,000 and helps support our grief programs and services!Get yours today at info@cehhospice.org or calling our office at (902) 893-3265“What’s on your bucket List?” ... See MoreSee Less
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We were excited to participate in the Millbrook Community Health & Info Fair today AND hand deliver a $1,000 cheque to our latest Bucket List Lotto winner, Marlene Dowell 🌻Also is the photo are members of the Survivors On Shortts Lake Dragon Boat Team (L to R) Pam Tonary, Jane Rogers, Marlene Dowell and Jeannie Daley.Congratulations and thank you so much for your support!Each ticket is $50, gives you 26 chances to win $1,000 and helps support our grief programs and services!Get yours today at info@cehhospice.org or calling our office at (902) 893-3265“What’s on your bucket List?” ... See MoreSee Less
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We would like to introduce you to one of our newest Board of Directors, Don McMillan!Don has been a supporter of our organization for years before joining our Board in 2020. His fundraising experience has helped guide our team to its most successful chocolate HUG campaign and is the organizer of this year's golf tournament on July 29th.Each ticket is $50, gives you 26 chances to win $1,000 and helps support our grief programs and services!Get yours today at info@cehhospice.org or calling our office at (902) 893-3265“What’s on your bucket List?” ... See MoreSee Less
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ONLY THREE (3) SPOTS REMAINING 🌻Come join us!• July 29th, 2022• Truro Golf Club• Format is a 4-person scramble• Cost is $600 for a team ($150 per person)• INCLUDES: 9 holes of golf, supper at the clubhouse, prizes and 50/50! Prizes are random and all proceeds will support Colchester East Hants Hospice’s grief programs and services!Can’t join us? You can still support by sponsoring a hole or donating a prize!Contact Don McMillan at (902) 899-0099 or email fuzzy@eastlink.ca to reserve your spot! ... See MoreSee Less
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CONGRATULATIONS to this week’s winner of our 2021/22 Bucket List Lotto $1000 draw: Marlene Dowell!Our next draw will be on Wednesday May 25th, 2022 Only 3 draws left on the 2021/2022 tickets. Call (902) 893-3265 to get your 2022/2023 ticket now!What's on your Bucket List? ... See MoreSee Less
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Presale of our bucket list lotto tickets for 2021-2022 has started! 💛

Just $50 each for a chance to win $1,000 every two weeks for a whole year (starting in July)!

Only 1,000 tickets available, so get in while you can: info@cehhospice.org (902) 893-3265.

#bucketlist

Today is @GivingTuesdayCa and we ask that you consider #Hospice and our “In Memory” and “In Honour” cards. Phone us at 902-893-3265 to make a donation in memory or in honour of one of your loved ones. All in support of our grief programs and services.

#hospice #givingtuesdayca

Join us as we chat with #TruroFamous Stacey Harrison, Executive Director of the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society.

Thursday, August 20
3:00 pm ADT
Facebook LIVE
@cehhospice

Get your reminder here: https://www.facebook.com/LocalLoveTruro/videos/615368549401725/

"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/

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