The first full week of May each year marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada.
This is a time to celebrate and share the achievements of hospice palliative care throughout the nation, and provides a platform to look at shortcomings and create bridges for these gaps. It is also an opportunity to share palliative care resources.
Through their Light of My Life campaign, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is encouraging Canadians to take a moment to memorialize those who have passed, as well as appreciate those who have made this hard year a little brighter by shining a light on those who matter to us most.
In addition, CHPCA is bringing hospice palliative care issues to light with the help of their 2019–2022 Strategic Plan. CHPCA has created a downloadable poster and a letter writing toolkit for all Canadians to join them in writing a letter to a Member of Parliament in order to bring hospice palliative care issues to light.
Canadian Virtual Hospice is an amazing online resource for palliative clients, caregivers, and the bereaved.
They have just launched Proud, Prepared, and Protected, a collection of online resources to assist people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ to access and receive inclusive, respectful care. These resources were developed by people who identify as Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ and more than 60 organizations together with Canadian Virtual Hospice to fill a national gap. This information is also helpful for allies, people working in healthcare and education and communities.
Living with a life limiting illness is demanding on the individual and their loved ones. The Alberni Valley Hospice Society can provide practical and emotional support through all stages of illness and bereavement.
Contact us any time for more information on our services.