HOSPICE HAPPENINGS - December, 2017

 
On behalf of all of the Board of Directors and Staff at Pilgrims Hospice, thank you to every one of you for sharing your time, talents and your treasures with us. We sincerely appreciate each and every gift - and the true beneficiaries of your generosity are those we serve.
 
On a personal note, thank you for welcoming me to the Pilgrims team earlier this year. I am continually amazed by the support, dedication, compassion and caring that is present in all who pass through our doors. I am honoured to be a part of this team, and I look forward to continuing our good work in 2018 and beyond.
 
To all of you, from all of us at Pilgrims Hospice, may you enjoy the magic of the Holiday Season and Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2018!
 
Monica Robson
Executive Director

Hearts for Hospice
Hearts for Hospice is an elegant dinner with an Italian flair, all in support of Pilgrims Hospice.  

Join us on Sunday, February 11 for an exceptional 5-course meal and wine pairing experience, along with special entertainment throughout the evening.
Adult Grief Support
Dragonflies Bereavement Support Group invites adults to come together and learn ways to cope with the death of a loved one. 

The 10-week group allows grieving individuals to:
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* Share their grief story
* Work on understanding their grief
* Remember their loved one
* Embrace the grief journey
* Be on a path of self-care & healing
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Feedback from past participants said they appreciated:
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* The  relaxed, safe and open atmosphere in the group setting
* S haring of their own and others' grief stories & experiences
* The chance to build friendships with other group members

The next Dragonflies Group runs from
January 19 to March 23, 2018
 6:30-8pm
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There is no charge for this program.
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Register today by contacting Sarah Karesa at 
or call  780-413-9801 ext.107

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For more information about any of our services, for a loved one or for yourself, fill out our
Service Request Form  here
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Support for a Child's Grief
Rory was so young when Kevin's body was found. His Mom, Patty, talked with him throughout the months of his Dad's disappearance - trying to be open and honest with him.
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"I had conversations you would never envision having with a six-year-old."
"I knew I didn't have the language or understanding of a child's grief, to be able to support Rory through this unimaginably difficult time."

Patty and Rory found life-changing help through the Expressive Arts Program for Grieving Children & Families  at Pilgrims Hospice. Read their full story here.
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"I will always be so grateful to Pilgrims hospice. Their eyes are not only on the dying but also on the living."
- Patty Milligan
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A Star Volunteer
Julie Ketel (pictured above) recently joined Pilgrims as a volunteer for the Saturday morning Expressive Arts Program in Sherwood Park. In a short time, she's become a valuable resource, and source of care & comfort for our youngest participants.

Julie's warmth, smile and energy for the activities guiding grieving children, are genuine and welcomed by all.

Congratulations, Julie  - you've been nominated as our Volunteer of the Month  for your hard work, creativity and lovely presence. 

Expressive Arts - 2018

 
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 Expressive Arts for Grieving Children, Teens & Families
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Edmonton: Jan 18 to Mar 15
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Sherwood Park: Jan 13 to Mar 10
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For more information, or to register, contact Cheryl Salter-Roberts at
780-413-9801 ext. 102 or email cherylsr@pilgrimshospice.com
Light in the Dark 
Earlier this month, Pilgrims invited guests to come and celebrate the lives of their loved ones, at a special Candlelight Remembrance.
 
Messages of hope and support were shared with each other during a time of reflection, music and poetry.
Stephanie (pictured above) hangs words of hope for another guest to take home and find solace.
Our Funding
In 2016, we received 13.6% of our funding from the government.
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Because of you...  individuals and families receive the compassionate end-of-life & bereavement support they need. Thank you for your care.