The chapel is non-denominational and is used every Thursday for a guided meditation among the staff called a ‘sit’. Families and visitors have held services in the chapel, including marriage ceremonies or scripture readings. We also host musical guests or singers occasionally, where everyone in the house, patients and visitors alike, are invited to come and listen.
The chapel is also home to a memorial wall where cards with each patient’s name, date and time of death are written on a card that is then decorated by the family and placed on the wall in memory of the patient. As the memorial wall fills, the cards are moved into a binder that holds all the past memorial cards. Family members and visitors often return to Rosedale Hospice to remember their person and view their memory card while soaking in the serenity of the chapel.
The memory lamp room is a small nook of Rosedale Hospice with a couch and a small patio. It is home to our memory lamp, a long-standing tradition for us. It is turned on traditionally by a family member once their person has died. The lamp stays lit for a day following the death. The patient’s memorial card is also placed by the lamp before being moved to the memorial wall in the chapel.
Next to the memory lamp, on a hand carved quilt stand, is our dignity quilt. It was designed and hand stitched by volunteers with the goal to create a dignity quilt to cover our patients during their final journey out of Rosedale Hospice.
Comfortable chairs welcome those who wish to sit in this room of remembering.
Located on the patient floor by the elevator, with a wide view of downtown Calgary, our coffee room is a place to sit back with a cup of brewed coffee, tea, or juice, and freshly baked goods courtesy of our in-house chef. This space also has a small kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator available, along with some comfy seating for patients and visitors to use.
Our guest room with a private bathroom is available for $25/night. Visitors are also welcomed to stay in the patient room at no cost.
Our Dining Room is available for any patients or visitors to use for meetings, family gatherings or meals. We’ve hosted birthday parties, holiday and family dinners. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food or can arrange for our in-house chef per standard visitor meal costs to prepare dinner for the group.
Located on the second level, the Fireside Lounge is the most used room at Rosedale Hospice. Our staff use it as an unofficial lunch room, and anyone can join them for a meal. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food; a small kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator is available for patients and visitors to use.
There is a fireplace and piano also available in this room. We have volunteers who come and play piano occasionally, and as music is always appreciated throughout the house, we welcome any inclined visitors to play when it isn’t being used.
Our library is used most commonly when a large number of family members or visitors are seeing one patient, in order to not crowd the patient’s room. There are a TV and board games available as activities to share or to help pass the time. A pull-out couch is also present for use should a visitation go late into the evening.