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.”
~Laura

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
Nelson & District Hospice SocietyTuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 10:02am
The Jewish tradition has so much to teach us about grieving and dying and atonement. Yom Kippur, I’ve now learned, is about not looking away from one’s mortality but practicing for it.
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Nelson & District Hospice Society shared Kids Meet's video.Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 9:57am
Watch to the end and grab some tissues .... it’s so important for the dying to be able to talk to kids truthfully about what’s happening to them.
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Kids Meet
Check out the #HiHoKids meet someone who is terminally ill on Kids Meet. What was your favorite question the kids asked?
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietyThursday, September 13th, 2018 at 12:17pm
Dying is living in nowness ...
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietyWednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 1:09pm
Here's a wonderful Kootenay Coop Radio program memorializing Bill Moore, who was a former board member, wonderful supporter and participant at Hospice. We all learned so much from Bill and will remember his consummate story-telling, piano-playing and truth-telling wisdom for a long time.
Nelson & District Hospice Society
Nelson & District Hospice SocietyTuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 10:58am
We talk a lot about ritual in our volunteer training, so that we all learn to develop tools to move us from grieving one client to supporting another. I love the power of private ritual ... and this shows it really helps!
Nelson & District Hospice Society
Nelson & District Hospice SocietyMonday, September 3rd, 2018 at 8:03am
Loving, like grieving, never ends.