Dear Hospice Supporters,

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Powell River Hospice Society. Our impact within our community is expanding as we are able to serve more and more clients. Our dedicated volunteers continue to do a wonderful job of supporting all our clients wherever they are, as well as advocating for support for Hospice within their circles and the community at large. Watch for our information booth at the Canada Day event at Willingdon Beach as well as at the Farmers’ Market!
We are trying something a little different with our newsletters starting with this issue, and we welcome your feedback. If you’d like us to include information on specific topics, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected].
As part of the Board’s strategic planning, we revisited the values that guide our work as an organization. Here is where we landed:
We consider death a natural and meaningful part of life’s journey. The values that guide us are:

  • Commitment – We are dedicated to supporting the community with quality end-of-life care. Through our dedication, we honour the people we serve, each other and ourselves.
  • Integrity – Our practices are honest and inclusive. We take individual and collective responsibility for our actions. We are accountable and invite scrutiny.
  • Respect - We respect and honour each person’s individual journey.
  • Compassion – Our work comes from a place of compassion and empathy in a non-judgemental manner as we:
  • witness – we are present with dying and death as a witness to mystery
  • honour – we respect and value the experience and choices of each individual
  • hold sacred – we hold sacred the processes we behold
  • show loving kindness – we hold our clients and ourselves in a bubble of caring, support and compassion
  • Collaboration – Collaboration is fundamental to achieving our best work. Respectful, honest, open communication with appreciation for diversity enables us to accomplish together what could not be achieved alone.
  • Excellence – Through the active pursuit of skills, knowledge, growth and innovation, we achieve our highest personal and professional potential while providing quality end-of-life care.

To see our strategic plan, please click here.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to find great resources, thoughtful articles and up to the minute news about Hospice happenings. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information on any hospice-related topic.
Cathy Fisher, President

Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership during Membership Month! Congratulations to Faye Perry for winning the draw for this year's gift basket!

If you did not renew or sign up for a membership in May, your membership is now expired.

A membership costs $10 per year, and your support helps us secure grants and other funding. To renew your membership, or to become a new member, please click here.
Programs Update

Our offering of group programs in the next several months includes:

  • Grief Walking Group
  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Grief Support Group
  • Specialized Training for Volunteers
  • Advance Care Planning

To register for group programs or for more information, please email [email protected].
About Our Volunteers

We have a dedicated group of about 40 volunteers that are committed to providing quality support. Our volunteers provide support at the hospital, at long term care homes and client homes. They complete a 28-hour training that prepares them to be a companion and emotional support person for individuals who are dying, have a life limiting illness, are grieving or are caregiving. We are so grateful for all the work our volunteers do! We could not operate without them! 

In our future newsletters, we'll be highlight a volunteer each month so you can learn a bit more about them! If there is a volunteer that has touched your life that you'd like to see spotlighted, please reply to this email with their name and any information you feel comfortable sharing.
Article: 'How will I move on without you?': What I learned when I talked to my parents about death

"My parents are not ill — just aging — but my discomfort with this reality was coming to light. There were many questions I didn't have answers to, questions like: Are you prepared for aging? How do you feel about death? What are your expectations of me and my brothers? When would you want us to pull the plug? How will I move on without you?"

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PO Box 33 Powell River, BC V8A 4Z5