Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

TRURO – The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society is celebrating National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

The theme for 2018, which runs May 6-12, is ‘Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh?’ and encourages Canadians to consider ways community involvement can support the dying and bereavement process.

The Colchester East Hants Hospice (CEHH) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) re calling on Canadians to answer these questions:

  • What makes a compassionate community?
  • How can compassionate communities support end of life care?

“When we think about death and dying we often imagine a hospital setting, and that can be a very frightening image for people,” said CHPCA executive director Sharon Baxter. “When individuals are actively engaged in their communities they surround themselves with a network of caring allies who can support their end of life wishes and contribute to living well. Within a compassionate communities model, living and dying well becomes everybody’s business.”

“The Colchester East Hants Hospice fully embraces the principles behind the Compassionate Communities movement,” added CEHH executive director Craig Johnson. “In 2018 we’ve created a week of activities and events that will put us out into the community, partnering with local businesses and organizations, to raise awareness. We’ve made a special effort to be creative, and we are offering brand new things such as a Film Night at NovelTea, a panel discussion on Historical & Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief at the Colchester Historeum, and a Variety Show at First United Church. We’re also offering a series of information sessions, Death Cafés, an open house, and more.”

The full schedule of actives for National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Colchester East Hants can be found by visiting www.cehhospice.org/nhpcw2018/.

For this year’s campaign, the CHPCA has created four downloadable posters that visually represent the different ways compassionate communities can support living well, as well as a backgrounder and resource list. In addition, Canadians throughout the healthcare sector as well as individuals are encouraged to use the hashtag #MyCompassionateCanada to share their experiences with compassionate care, ideas for living well, and their thoughts on how we can come together to support each other now and at the end of life.

For more information and downloadable resources for National Hospice Palliative Care Week, please visit www.chpca.net/week.