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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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society is excited and extremely proud to introduce The HUG Centre! Our newest initiative will highlight our focus on offering hope and understanding for the grieving.

Much more to come, so stay tuned!

The third Tuesday in November marks the annual National Grief and Bereavement Day in Canada.

We are often asked what we do at Colchester East Hants Hospice Society so tomorrow, November 15th, we are looking forward to sharing some VERY exciting news with you!

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, August 20
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