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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Share a HUG with someone you love...

Deadline to order our chocolate HUGs for Valentine’s Day delivery* is Friday, February 5. 💛

Help us at the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society show some love throughout our community, while raising funds for our grief programs and services.

Here's how:

1. Reach out to place an order for our chocolate HUGs ($2 each; available in dark, milk or white chocolate and lovingly made by Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop) – (902) 893-3265 or info@cehhospice.org.

2. Share our post on social media, encourage your friends and colleagues to place their own orders and support a great cause.

* Some delivery restrictions may apply.
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You can check out Totally Local for your chocolate HUG fix too! 💛Share a HUG with someone you love, spread smiles (and chocolate) throughout our community! 💛

Help the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society show some love throughout our community, while raising funds for our grief programs and services.

Here's how:

1. Reach out to place an order for our chocolate HUGs ($2 each; available in dark, milk or white chocolate and lovingly made by Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop) – (902) 893-3265 or info@cehhospice.org.

Deadline to order for Valentine's Day delivery is Friday, February 5 (some delivery restrictions may apply).

2. Share our post on social media, encourage your friends and colleagues to place their own orders and support a great cause.

We could all use a hug this Valentine's Day and we are making it easy to share a HUG with someone you love...
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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.

#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/

If there was ever a time for a HUG, this is it. With our friend, @sherfitch, we are asking you to share a photo of you with your painted Hospice HUG to send a virtual HUG to those who need it in our community.

Tag us @cehhospice + use the hashtag #hugforhospice

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