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.


  • 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.


Don’t forget: Our second annual Angels Remembered outdoor tree lighting will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at our office (89 Queen St., Truro). 4:00 p.m. — New this year, we will start the event off with an ornament painting activity,* courtesy of Clay Café Truro. 5:00 p.m. — The tree lighting event will begin, with hot apple cider, grief resources available, and an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts from the Hospice HUG line of products. 6:00 p.m. — The official lighting of the tree, generously provided once again by the Scothorn family, will take place in person or via Facebook live.*To register to paint an ornament, email us at info@cehhospice.org or phone us at 902-893-3265. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled to partner with local artist, Megan Johnson (muse by mej) on these unique and stunning condolence cards. Thanks to Megan for sharing her talent and her story: “proud to announce my latest collaboration - a set of cards in support of @cehhospice.(tw: death)many of you know that i lost my 55 year old father earlier this year to suicide. when i needed some clarity and outside perspective on this new painful reality, i sought the services of hospice. the warm environment, friendly faces, applicable advice and compassionate listening that i found were a welcome bit of comfort.when they asked if i would be interested in designed a range of sympathy/greeting cards to benefit the organization, it was an immediate yes for me. it’s an honour to use my art to help hospice & the group of individuals behind it who offer so much to our community members in need of a shoulder to lean on.we went with this wave theme as many conversations surrounding grief use ocean analogies - the ebbs and flows, the stormy seasons, the peace of finding solace in something bigger than you. all 4 designs - the deep blue waves, the calm beach, the sunset and sunrise - each convey a different emotion and i hope you connect with them and with the story behind them as deeply we all have. each card or set of 4 comes with an insert thoughtfully prepared by the hospice team to offer some helpful guidance on writing meaningful sympathy cards - something that never gets easier with age or experience. whether it’s a hello for a sunny occasion or a hug in a stormy one, i hope these waves can help spread the same sentiments of compassion, support, and empathy that hospice embodies so well.i will have these with me in singles & 4-packs at East Coast Artisans Show tomorrow evening, and look for them at hospice events going forward (check out their page for info on the angels remembered tree lighting coming up!) proceeds of course going to the @cehhospice ❤️” ... See MoreSee Less
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CONGRATULATIONS to this week’s winner ofour 2021/22 Bucket List Lotto $1000 draw: Charlene Nelson!Our next draw will be on Wednesday December 8th .What's on your Bucket List? ... See MoreSee Less
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Our first “Coping with the Holidays” event is coming up tomorrow (November 25) at the Bass River Community Hall. We will have a guided memory ornament activity, a “grief ball”, available to allow an artistic expression of the emotions that we feel during the holidays. ... See MoreSee Less
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We held our 2020-2021 Annual General Meeting this evening. Here are a few photos from our year in review. 🌻 We look forward to finding even more ways to connect with our community this year.#hospice #AGM #yearinreview ... 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.


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

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."


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...


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