Dear Hospice Supporters,

As we near the end of the third quarter of this year, your board has continued its work guided by our strategic plan. We are strengthening our relationships with our community and our partners, seeking guidance from the community in a number of areas, working towards expanding our staff capacity to meet local needs and streamlining our processes.  

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, November 28th. One of the important responsibilities of an AGM is electing a board of directors that will continue working with members and partners to raise our profile in the community and create policies and overarching operational plans that will move our society forward. 

On November 28th we will be electing up to 5 directors, each for a 2-year term. Time commitment is, at a minimum, preparation for and attendance at one meeting per month. There is also the opportunity for some committee work, for which the commitment varies depending on the committee and the evolving needs of the Society. If you or someone you know is interested in taking on an organizational leadership role, please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Powell River Hospice Society. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information on any hospice-related topic.

Cathy Fisher, President
Hospice House Survey

Our Society is launching a new project – Hospice House. Hospice House will be a facility where individuals can go to receive both palliative care and hospice support in a home-like environment as they approach the end of life. Hospice House will welcome families and friends to stay with their loved one as well as receive hospice bereavement support.
Hospice House will be a new community service; and we believe it needs to reflect the values and vision of the entire qathet region. To that end, we are engaging community in a number of ways to learn more about your thoughts and ideas for Hospice House. The first step in the process is an online survey. Your time and opinions are important to the Society as we advance the vision and then the reality of Hospice House for our community. Using the link below, we encourage you to respond to our brief survey; it typically takes about 5 minutes. The information we gather will assist us in our decision making as the project moves forward. Thank you.

Access the survey and share it with your contacts here:
Update from Our Client & Volunteer Coordinator

Currently at hospice we have 49 active clients and 41 active volunteers. If you know anyone with a terminal or life limiting illness or who is grieving a lost loved one, we can help by providing a volunteer who can offer companionship and a listening ear. Let your doctor know about us too, they may know people in need of our service.  

Hospice volunteers at the hospital, ECU, and Willingdon Creek now have access to portable speakers and an online music playing program to use with clients! Music can help create a calming and relaxing environment for individuals in their final hours as well as for family members. According to On a Final Note: A Supportive Toolkit for Using Music at the End of Life, benefits of music can include pain and symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual support, emotional expression and grieving, relationship-building, life review, and memory enhancement through emotional connections to music. Listening to a favourite song with a loved one can be meaningful time spent together if a person is not able to communicate and also activates many parts of the brain. 

At our volunteer gathering this month we learned about dementia. Here are some common myths and realities about dementia.

Why dispelling the myths around dementia is important

The sooner we dispel the myths that surround dementia, the better we’ll be able to respond to the realities of the disease.

You can help dispel harmful myths by:

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