HOSPICE HAPPENINGS - November, 2017

Lester, pictured at St. Joe's with Compassionate Companion, Jane
St. Joseph's Home provides a place of safety and love for the homeless, and a peaceful place for residents to spend their last few days or weeks of life. Wherever possible, staff support residents to re-connect with family and friends. For individuals who've lived traumatic and marginalized lives, living at St. Joe's can be a time of healing and  reconciliation.

Compassionate Companions are specially trained volunteers through Pilgrims Hospice. They visit St. Joe's seven days a week, bringing dignity, friendship and care to the lives of the residents. 

Jane (pictured above with Lester), says:  "Even in the face of death, I see a man proud of his culture and proud of the man he has become. He doesn't fear death but sees it as a journey. It's a privilege to share that journey with him."

Karen de la Salle, manager of St. Joe's, is grateful for the support Pilgrims provides:
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"Pilgrims volunteers enhance the services at St. Joe's and have a huge impact, helping residents emotionally and spiritually. Often residents don't have the support of family or friends - volunteers fill the gap and make their lives more meaningful."
National Bereavement Day
Canada's first annual National Bereavement Day took place on November 21, 2017. The day recognizes the struggles of individuals who are grieving and the many ways people can help.
 
The Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) suggests people who are grieving:
* Get appropriate sleep and nutrition.
* Learn about the grief process. It can be very reassuring to know what is  normal and what to expect.
*Find time for relaxation or exercise.
* Spend some time with others to help you better understand your grief and rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy.
Suggestions for those supporting someone who are grieving include:
* Spend time with the person who is grieving - loneliness is a major aspect of grief  for many people
* Talk about the person who died
* Ask questions about the person's grief and how they're doing
* Listen without judgement or interference
* Be present (this can mean just sitting in silence)
* Offer concrete support (e.g. Can I cut your grass this week?)

Helpful links to Grief & Bereavement resources can be found through the CHPCA.

If you are feeling stuck in your grief or worried about how your grief is going, you may want to talk with a trained professional who understands grief and bereavement.
 
Pilgrims Hospice offers 10-session Adult Grief Support Groups and monthly Adult Grief Drop-In Support Groups. Our Grief & Bereavement counsellors can be reached at 780-413-9801 or email info@pilgrimshospice.com.
Tasty Tidbits:
Feeding your Grieving Body, 
Mind & Soul
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Join us for lunch as we 
talk about
Coping with the Holidays
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Thursday, December 14 
11am - 1pm
  • Facilitated Discussions on Grief and Loss
  • Opportunities to Connect with others who are Grieving
  • Themed Activities and Reflections
  • A Catered Lunch
Tasty Tidbit Sessions are held at 
Pilgrims Hospice 
(9808 148 St., Edmonton)
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RSVP by Friday, December 8th to: 
Sarah Karesa
780-413-9801 ext. 107
sarahk@pilgrimshospice.com

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Light in the Dark
A Candlelight Remembrance
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Join us for music, poetry & reflection in memory of a loved one
Sunday, December 3 
4:30-6pm
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You are invited to bring  a framed photo of your l oved one for display.
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This event is for the whole family - Everyone Welcome!
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RSVPs by November 29
are preferred but not required, to nicolec@pilgrimshospice.com
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Refreshments included,
 donations appreciated
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Pilgrims Hospice
9808 148 St., Edmonton
Thanks to our Campaigners!
Special thanks to everyone who took part in the first Pilgrims Hospice Face to Face Campaign Together, you raised over $2,300 and played an important part in helping to build a Community of Compassion .
 
Several campaigners told us the beauty of Face to Face was how easy it was to ask 10 people for $10, and to bring awareness of Pilgrims Hospice to so many new people. 
We hope this inspires many more of you to join us next year!
 
Kudos to our Board Member, Carole Anctil-Michalyshyn, who raised almost a third of the total single handed! She wins a prize as our STAR Campaigner.
 
Susan Stephens, a Volunteer for Pilgrims Hospice, was the lucky winner of the prize draw for Campaigners raising $100 or more.
 
Warm thanks to Jasper Gates Starbucks, for donating special prizes to our winners!

What do I tell the kids? How do I support them?

KidsGrief.ca  is a free online resource to provide guidance to parents on how to support children who are grieving the dying or death of someone in their life. It equips parents with the words and confidence to help their children grieve losses in healthy ways.
Community Champions 
Pilgrims Hospice is blessed to have Community Champions like Wawanesa Insurance.
 
Earlier this month, Brenda MacKenzie (pictured left) and Nadia Good (right) delivered a cheque for $20,000 to Monica Robson, Pilgrims' Executive Director (pictured centre). This brings Wawanesa's total gift to $60,000, towards the building of a residential hospice for the Edmonton and surrounding community.

We are so grateful to Wawanesa for their community spirit and huge generosity. Their on-going belief in our vision for a residential hospice, brings us closer to making this vision a reality.

As a faithful volunteer and entertainer, Rob has  become a true friend to many. His warm heart and sense of humanity allows him connect easily with others.

 "I just love coming here and giving back - giving a couple of hours of happiness in their lives."

We value Rob's commitment to the Day Program and thank him for the many years of joy he's brought to all. 

Hearts for Hospice, 2018
This unique Valentine's dinner,
created & sponsored by Il Forno Ristorante, is an intimate event with an Italian flair, all in support of Pilgrims Hospice.
Hostess Anna Muze (pictured right) creates an exceptional 5-course meal and wine pairing experience, along with special entertainment throughout the evening.
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Save the Date: 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
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.