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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Did You Know... We are incredibly fortunate to have been gifted with pieces of handwork that can be found on display at our office located at 89 Queen Street!?

One of the pieces is a quilt that is displayed going up the stairway to the second floor. The quilt was made by Barb Bourne in memory of Joanne Venner.
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It is another ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 1117 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated to be $305!

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 volunteer Keltie Bruce: Why is Hospice important to you?

"Hospice has added an important level of care available to patients and their families that many communities do not have access to. As a hospital visitor I see this regularly. Families are so appreciative of the services provided on a journey that is always stressful and sometimes lonely. It is a privilege to be able to help during that journey.

The care and professionalism exhibited by the staff on all levels is remarkable. As the Society grows I hope that more and more people will access the varied programs offered and that Hospice and palliative care will be more widely available everywhere."
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Did you know ... the Hospice Society has Volunteer Training starting October 16th, 2019. We have an amazing team and we could use your help to better serve our community.

There are a number of ways to help... Please call us at (902) 893-3265 with any questions you may have and to find out more about all of our volunteer opportunities.
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CONGRATULATIONS! Last week's Bucket List winner, Brittany Burke won $530!

Brittany played her winning number at the Co-Op in Upper Stewiacke.

It's not too late to sign up! — Find out everything you need to know about participating in our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 Draw here: cehhospice.org/bucket-list-50-50/
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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society volunteer Keltie Bruce: Why is Hospice important to you? .
"Hospice has added an important level of care available to patients and their families that many communities do not have access to. As a hospital v… https://t.co/98rpxfVhOE

Did you know ... the Hospice Society has Volunteer Training starting October 16th, 2019. We have an amazing team and we could use your help to better serve our community.
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There are a number of ways to help... Please call us at (902) 893-3265 with any q… https://t.co/nDFe0PmkPj

CONGRATULATIONS! Last week's Bucket List winner, Brittany Burke won $530!
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Brittany played her winning number at the Co-Op in Upper Stewiacke.
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It's not too late to sign up! — Find out everything you need to know about participating in our Hospice Buck… https://t.co/Nc7tTn4ywt

This week's number – 1129 – was PLAYED in our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! Our WINNER will be taking home $530. 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 … https://t.co/FgWUraFDNu

✨Don’t forget to PLAY YOUR TOONIE by 12:00 pm TOMORROW (Wednesday) to enter this week's Hospice Bucket List 50/50! This week’s winnings are estimated at $540!✨
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