Helen’s HUGs

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

The perfect gift.
Helen’s HUGs 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. HUGS 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.

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  • HUGs will be available year round for a suggested donation of $5 each by contacting us online.

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Health Canada released its Framework on Palliative Care in Canada on December 4th and we are so excited to get to read it! Here is to the future and Canada becoming a leader in palliative care. Everyone is encourage to take a look at this framework and hold the government accountable to it. #canada #palliativecare #hospice #compassionatecommunities ... See MoreSee Less

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Holiday Grief Tip #4: Give yourself permission to be alone and slip away

When we are in pain often times we just want to run away, not just form our pain but from all opportunities for further pain or a reminder of our pain. For self-preservation we can isolate ourselves and stay in a place that is safe where we can be vulnerable and cry. During the holidays are no different. Your grief will continue to be unpredictable and it may surprise you either by making you want to stay where you are or run away. Both of these are okay. It’s ok to not be ok. You are the expert of your own experience. If you want to leave, that’s ok. You can leave, give your healing self permission to go and stay where you feel most safe.
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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

The 50/50 Bucket List is now in Brookfield and Upper Stewiacke!

A BIG thank you to Roops Esso and Upper Stewiacke Co-op for placing our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 in their stores for people to play their toonies.

You can play your toonie up until 12 noon every Wednesday and have a chance at the 50/50 pot of money that has been growing steadily these past few weeks. These two new locations will be available as of tomorrow. Good luck to all!
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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

Another rollover week this week! A big pot of $355 next week so make sure you play your toonie next week!!We have another rollover week this week, next week there will be a mandatory winner of roughly $355!!! Imagine the holidays you could have with that!

Thank you to all who play and continue to support Hospice!
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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

2 New Locations for our 50/50 Bucket List!

A BIG thank you to Coldstream Clear Distillery and Bistro 2511 for agreeing to place our Bucket List fundraiser at their retail store and restaurant, respectively!

You can now play closer to home should you live in Stewiacke or Middle Stewiacke and have until 12 noon each Wednesday to play your toonie. Good luck to all!
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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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