Hospice Happenings - July 2018
Getting Grace - Starting an Important Conversation
Getting Grace is an independent, award winning film about teenager Grace (Madelyn Dundon), who is dying of cancer. Grace visits a funeral home to find out what will happen to her after she dies, but ends up teaching the awkward funeral director, Bill Jankowski (Daniel Roebuck), how to truly live - something he had long forgotten how to do. See movie trailer below .
In bringing Getting Grace to Edmonton for its Canadian debut, Park Memorial Funeral Home hopes that this beautiful film's message about living life to its fullest - while also talking openly and honestly about death, dying and grief - will be the start of an ongoing conversation that happens, not just quietly behind funeral home doors, but openly between family members and friends.

At the end of each show time, Daniel Roebuck and Madelyn Dundon will hold an open panel discussion of the film and its subject matter, along with some of Edmonton’s hope and healing organizations - including Pilgrims Hospice.

Although this is a ticketed event, Park Memorial is not benefitting financially. Instead, proceeds will be shared between Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region, and Pilgrims Hospice.

The film runs at the Garneau Theatre, August 11 – 13, 2018 . Other events include a FilmMaker’s Dinner Fundraiser (August 9). Further information and tickets available here .
Bereaved Parents Awareness Month  
July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month - a time for supporting friends and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child, and to "be there" for the bereaved.

Often we don’t know what to say or do for grieving parents and their families. But perhaps we can reach out and listen without advising; be a shoulder to cry on; or give a hug when appropriate and needed.
“Burying your child is a parent’s worst nightmare - the things that go through your mind are unbelievable.... I give a lot of credit to Pilgrims Hospice for helping me talk about devastating circumstances, and to go on from there.” – Alfred (pictured with his deceased son, Peter)

Click here to read Alfred’s story.

For Bereaved Parents Awareness Month , help heal a grieving heart by making a gift to Pilgrims Hospice. Your gift will help individuals like Albert receive grief counselling free of charge - removing any financial barriers to accessing professional help in a time of crisis. Thank you.
Grief Workshop for Professionals
Join us for an informative and interactive workshop focused on the needs of the Dying and those who are Grieving.

For caregivers, students and professionals who work with individuals diagnosed with a life limiting illness, and their families.

Space is limited and the workshop fills quickly.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 from 9am to Noon
At Pilgrims Hospice Society, 9808 148 Street, Edmonton AB

Cost: $25 includes refreshments (receipt provided)

To register:  email cherylsr@pilgrimshospice.com
Join us on Thursday, August 23, at the prestigious Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club .

Enjoy prizes at every hole, an outstanding lunch and fabulous auction items to bid on. 

This is always a fantastic day, regardless of the weather.

All proceeds help Pilgrims Hospice Society provide compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement support in the community.

“What could be better than combining a great game of golf with the feeling of contributing so positively to the lives of others?”
– Colin Tooth, Golf Tournament Chair #HospiceGolf2018

16th Annual Dr. Helen Hays
Sunflower Luncheon
Friday, October 26th

Hosted by Seanna Collins. this event includes a champagne reception and
fabulous meal in the lovely ambiance of the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Donna Wilson , PhD - Registered Nurse, Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, and Chair, Board of Directors, of the Alberta Hospice and Palliative Care Association .
Time for Review

We’re taking a short break to review how often we send out our e-Newsletter, Hospice Happenings.

Have a great summer and see you again in September!
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