Dying is hard work

“—not the physical part, but that part which is the inside of me, the work about who I am, who I have been, and who I will be.”

– David Kuhl, What Dying People Want


Dear Hospice,

“Thank you and your team for all you did for Bob and me. It made it all so much easier. We grew to love the two volunteers you sent. Their approach to Bob was different and exactly right. They were so unstinting with their time. Two remarkable human beings! Thank you for staying in touch.”

Caring for those who are suffering,

“whether or not they are dying, wakes us up. It opens up our hearts and our minds. It opens us up to the experience of wholeness.”

-Frank Ostaseski

Mission Statement

Providing practical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals and their loved ones through the stages of dying, death and bereavement.

Hospice palliative care aims to make the last months of life comfortable, peaceful and dignified for patients and their caregivers by providing care, support, respite and advocacy. Our trained Hospice volunteers work as part of a caregiving team that could include community home nursing, doctors, hospital and facility staff, social workers and spiritual leaders.

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Nelson & District Hospice Society shared Palliative Care Victoria's post.Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 2:41pm
Our grief group is tonight ... are you curious about it? Read more about the positive and negatives of grief groups in this article from Victoria Hospice. It's important to know that while group's aren't for everyone, "[w]hen you feel totally alone and misunderstood by the world, the support group community can provide you with a haven of understanding."
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietySaturday, November 10th, 2018 at 3:29pm
Here's another great article that helps us understand what not to say, and how to be present for someone who is grieving or dying.

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Nelson & District Hospice SocietyFriday, November 9th, 2018 at 10:09pm
Such a great interview with a hospice CEO ... but the part not to miss is the Dr.Seuss rap (at 16:45) of this man’s advanced directive .... it’s wonderful, thorough and probably represents what many healthy adults want their healthcare care representative to do!
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Nelson & District Hospice Society shared I Am A Mother To An Angel's post.Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 11:45am
Today is our regular weekly grief group so this post stood out for me. She so exactly expresses so many of the experiences of the grieving, especially grieving parents, and offers some very good advice to those of us who companion grievers. To “Just sit beside me” ... that experience couldn’t be more profound in these situations. And that’s what we do in our group.
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Nelson & District Hospice Society shared Nelson Star News's post.Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 1:59pm
Nelson Star was out covering our awesome work-a-thon this weekend and will report on that this week! Go to 1:29 in the video below ... and watch here for a report on our final numbers soon!
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Bad news if you were expecting to take a Greyhound bus this week, people die a lot in the Kootenays, and some less depressing items in this week's roundup.
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietySunday, October 28th, 2018 at 8:55pm
A very poignant story of what happens when patients and families are not counseled to fill out advance care planning paperwork (MOST and a notification of expected death in home in B.C.), before they leave a hospital admission to palliate at home.