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Child & Family Grief Education

Empowering the Community

For over 30 years, Hospice Calgary has served Calgary and Area, offering palliative and hospice care, support during advanced illness, and grief counselling to patients and clients. Using our experiences and expertise, our educators offer learning opportunities designed to strengthen, engage, and equip our community. They share practical tools and offer resources to support professionals and community advocates in their day-to-day work. 

Hospice Calgary supports children aged 19 and under (and their families and friends) as they adjust to the changes in their lives when someone close to them is living with an advanced illness or has died. Our seminars and workshops offer tools and strategies for those grieving or supporting others.

Expert-led seminar topics include:

  • How grief works
  • Intro to child & teen grief
  • Coping strategies for grief
  • Talking to children about dying & death
  • Parenting grieving children
  • Grief after suicide
  • Honouring the deceased
  • First Responder training
  • Community response to dying & death

Almost 2000 people a year benefit from our in-service consultation, training, seminars, and accredited workshops. Individuals and groups that call on us for training and resources include anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief as well as:  

  • Individuals Grieving or Facing Advanced Illness (grieving individuals and families, people living with advanced Illness, and caregivers) 
  • Community Representatives (volunteers, community agencies, public forum organizers, and not-for-profit professionals) 
  • First Points of Contact (educators & school support staff, health & mental health care professionals, first responders, and spiritual care providers
  • Student Bodies (grades 1-12 and post-secondary)

Customized for You

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Palliative Care and Grief.

For current information on our educational opportunities, to book a speaker, or to access additional resources, contact our team: 

Hospice Calgary Education
403-263-4525
info@hospicecalgary.ca

Upcoming Education Opportunities

Our education is for anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief. Visit our Education page for more

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Advanced Illness Education

March 19, 2019 - Dying to Know: Facing Advanced Illness Together

Most Canadians want to die in their home, wherever that may be. Informing ourselves of the available options can go a long way towards making plans. Erin Forsyth, Director of Clinical Care, and Kathy Bach Paterson, Community Hospice Family Counsellor from Hospice Calgary, will share information about Hospice and Palliative Care as well as how to access services and resources.

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April 16, 2019 - Dying to Know: Advanced Care Planning

In this first of two sessions with Janine Violini and Jamie Whittaker, we will discuss tips to complete the paperwork we need before death occurs. These include Personal Directive, Power of Attorney and the types of Wills one might consider. These topics are part of their Crows in a Row program designed to help achieve an end-of-life plan so legacy is defined, wishes are honoured, and loved ones are taken care of.

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May 21, 2019 - Dying to Know: Spirituality and Ritual at End-of-Life

As we reflect on our mortality, spirituality can have new or clearer meaning. Similarly, rituals can deepen our lives and the experience of dying. Darrin Parkin, Hospice Calgary’s Spiritual Care Coordinator, and Blair Collins, personal coach and Marriage Commissioner will explore the history of spirituality as it impacts palliative care. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful ritual.

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June 11, 2019 - Dying to Know: Funeral Planning

Janine Violini and Jamie Whittaker return for the second part of their Crows in a Row program. In this session we’ll discuss aspects of funeral planning
and obituaries. The objective of these conversations is to alleviate stress by helping obtain a sense of empowerment, peace of mind, and completion.

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Hospice & Palliative Care Education

Customized Sessions & Consultations

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Palliative Care.

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Child & Family Grief Education

Customized Sessions & Consultations

Designed to meet your group’s specific learning needs, we create customized sessions that are delivered at a time and in a location that best works for you. Our specialized team can also offer consultation on Grief.

More Info

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Category 'A' Credits

Expert-led accredited workshops for social workers & educators are available through Hospice Calgary.

Hospice Calgary, provider #1194, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Hospice Calgary maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: September 25, 2016-September 25, 2019. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

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