Our Mission

Our team focuses on creating a safe and accessible space to understand and navigate grief and provide opportunities for individuals and families to talk about end of life. We advise that everyone plan for end of life, consider their wishes, and pursue quality of life each and every day.

Hospice Is…

Hospice is a building, a belief and an approach. It focuses on improving the quality of living and quality of dying of people and their families when facing, serious illness, death and grief. In Colchester East Hants, Hospice-Palliative Care strives to provide physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical support. Hospice is a registered charity and 100% of our fundraising activity supports programs throughout our community.

Hospice Will


  • partner with palliative care and other community resources
  • be client driven
  • focus on key activities
  • be accessible throughout Colchester & East Hants
  • be leaders in End of Life in Nova Scotia
  • be sustainable

Our Values

  • We value the needs and wants as identified by the people we serve.
  • We appreciate the value of life and the natural process of death.
  • We recognize the need to address people and their families’ suffering, expectations, needs, hopes and fears while facing serious illness, death and grief.
  • We believe that all services need to be inclusive of the community and not limited by spiritual beliefs, gender, race or age.
  • We believe care is provided when the person and/or family is willing to accept it.
  • We believe that quality of life is defined by each person with which we work.
  • We believe that all relationships with other people (people requiring service, partners, colleagues) need to be based on respect and dignity for each other.
  • We believe that all people with whom we work have the right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • We believe that in developing healthy skills and attitudes to support those people dying in our communities, our communities will become stronger.

Our Guiding Principals

  • Client/Family Focused: Responsive to the people we serve.
  • High Quality: Clearly defined standards of practice, integrity, respect and compassion.
  • Safe and Effective: Clear policies and procedures to maintain safety and confidentiality all people.
  • Accessible: Services not limited by geography, age, gender, race or spiritual beliefs.
  • Adequately Resourced: People, funding, information, space, equipment available to meet the needs of the community.
  • Collaborative: Working together as a group and with community resources/partners.
  • Knowledge Based: People with have the information they need (staff, volunteers, people we serve).
  • Advocacy Based: Ongoing advocacy for quality services locally and provincially.
  • Research based: Practice is based on evidence and responsive to new knowledge.


Please meet Laurie Gunn! "I have been a volunteer with hospice for the past thirteen (13) years and have been baking ginger cookies on the palliative care unit at the hospital since 2012. There is something about being able to make a patient and their family feel like "our" kitchen is their kitchen. It makes me happy to be a part of the Hospice volunteer team!"Laurie wants to know, "What's on your bucket List?"Each ticket is $50, gives you 26 chances to win $1,000 and helps support our grief programs and services!Get yours today at info@cehhospice.org or calling our office at (902) 893-3265“What’s on your bucket List?” ... See MoreSee Less
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We were excited to participate in the Millbrook Community Health & Info Fair today AND hand deliver a $1,000 cheque to our latest Bucket List Lotto winner, Marlene Dowell 🌻Also is the photo are members of the Survivors On Shortts Lake Dragon Boat Team (L to R) Pam Tonary, Jane Rogers, Marlene Dowell and Jeannie Daley.Congratulations and thank you so much for your support!Each ticket is $50, gives you 26 chances to win $1,000 and helps support our grief programs and services!Get yours today at info@cehhospice.org or calling our office at (902) 893-3265“What’s on your bucket List?” ... See MoreSee Less
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We would like to introduce you to one of our newest Board of Directors, Don McMillan!Don has been a supporter of our organization for years before joining our Board in 2020. His fundraising experience has helped guide our team to its most successful chocolate HUG campaign and is the organizer of this year's golf tournament on July 29th.Each ticket is $50, gives you 26 chances to win $1,000 and helps support our grief programs and services!Get yours today at info@cehhospice.org or calling our office at (902) 893-3265“What’s on your bucket List?” ... See MoreSee Less
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ONLY THREE (3) SPOTS REMAINING 🌻Come join us!• July 29th, 2022• Truro Golf Club• Format is a 4-person scramble• Cost is $600 for a team ($150 per person)• INCLUDES: 9 holes of golf, supper at the clubhouse, prizes and 50/50! Prizes are random and all proceeds will support Colchester East Hants Hospice’s grief programs and services!Can’t join us? You can still support by sponsoring a hole or donating a prize!Contact Don McMillan at (902) 899-0099 or email fuzzy@eastlink.ca to reserve your spot! ... See MoreSee Less
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CONGRATULATIONS to this week’s winner of our 2021/22 Bucket List Lotto $1000 draw: Marlene Dowell!Our next draw will be on Wednesday May 25th, 2022 Only 3 draws left on the 2021/2022 tickets. Call (902) 893-3265 to get your 2022/2023 ticket now!What's on your Bucket List? ... 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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