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Counselling during Advanced Illness

From the point of diagnosis, our team of professionals provide counselling and group support for patients in the palliative phase of their illness and their family members. 

Our counsellors help our clients navigate through what can be confusing times. Clients include those living with advanced illness and their family members, with some of the families having children 19 and under.

We Go Where We Are Needed

We ensure our services are accessible to all by removing logistical challenges during an already challenging time. Our counsellors work with patients and families at our Sage Centre location and Rosedale Hospice as well as at other hospices, hospitals, client homes, schools, or libraries.

Why Grief Counselling during Advanced Illness

Grieving the losses in one's life is a common reaction to learning about a life-threatening illness. Grief counselling will be able to help navigate all of these emotions and fears associated with grief. 

What to Expect

We offer individual counselling for clients living with advanced illness and their family members and close friends of all ages. 

We are here to help people manage well, at home, for as long as they are able. With a deep understanding of and connection to the regional healthcare network, we are able to direct people to the right resources, in the right location, at the right time, and are able to help clients problem solve.

In your first session, the counsellor will explain what counselling is and how we can help. Sage Centre offers a safe place for them to share thoughts, feelings, and reactions to grief. Sessions may include expressive therapies, writing or other activities that help explore and express grief in a helpful manner. 

Accessible to All

For those living with advanced illness and their families, there is no cost for counselling support. 

Fees for bereavement counselling after death are based on a sliding scale according to your self-declared family income.

No one is turned away due to financial difficulties as we work hard with our community partners to ensure there are no obstacles to accessing our services. If your financial circumstances change at any time, please do not hesitate to speak with your counsellor for a fee adjustment. 

Sage Centre 
1245 70 Avenue SE   
Calgary, AB T2H 2X8   
403-263-4525  
info@sagecentre.ca 

Sage Centre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available in front of the building.

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Additional Support for those Living with Advanced Illness

Individuals and families indicate support from our group programs has increased their ability to live well with their illness, improved their quality of life, and broadened their coping skills.

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Community Hospice Programs

Living With Cancer Program

An award-winning weekly day program for adults who are living with advanced cancer and their adult family/caregivers. Click here to learn more about this program.

Living Through Loss

Our Living Through Loss monthly drop-in group is for bereaved adults looking for an understanding place to share their experiences with grief. Access to this program is through Rosedale Hospice, our Community Hospice counselling services, and our Living With Cancer Program.

Volunteer Bereavement Support Program

Family members that have connected with us through Rosedale Hospice or Living with Cancer Program are able to receive telephone follow-up through our Volunteer Bereavement Support Program. 

FAQs Answered for those Living with Advanced Illness

We often hear that people are anxious about their first counselling session. We would like to share some information with you so you know what to expect. We hope that this will answer some of your questions.

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Welcome to Counselling

The counselling relationship is special

  • Your time with your counsellor will be all about you 
  • Your counsellor won't talk about him or herself
  • Your counsellor's job is to listen to you, to help you with your grief and all that comes with it

What you might want to know about seeing a counsellor

  • You have choices about what you discuss in your meeting
  • You can share as much as you wish about any topic
  • Let your counsellor know if you decide you no longer want to come to your sessions
  • You can say no to anything your counsellor suggests…we just ask you to be open to trying new things
  • It is important you are honest so your counsellor can understand your story and your feelings

What your counsellor will do for you

  • Respect your privacy
  • All the counsellors are part of a team at Hospice Calgary so your counsellor may ask for your permission to share your story with their team. They will not share your name unless permission is given or they can use an alias if preferred
  • Be open to any questions you have and be honest with you
FAQs Answered for those Seeking Support for Themselves or Others

We hope your experience with Hospice Calgary will be positive for you and your family. 

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Welcome to Sage Centre

How are services ended?

When you and/or your counsellor determine that Hospice Calgary services are longer required, your file will be closed. The opportunity to re-access services for grief counselling is available.

What if I need to speak to someone out of Sage Centre business hours?

Hospice Calgary Sage Centre operates regularly between 9:00 am and 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30pm to 4:30pm on Fridays. In order to access 24 hour counselling support, please contact the Distress Centre at 403-266-4357. If you are a Palliative Home Care client, contact the 24 hours response line at 403-955-6288. For any other medical emergency, call 911. 

How can I contribute to improving services at Hospice Calgary?

As part of your counselling experience, you will be asked to complete surveys in order to assess your needs and the ongoing benefits of counselling. While you have the option to decline completing the surveys, your cooperation is appreciated to help improve the quality of support and services offered by the organization. 

What qualifications do your counsellors have?

All Child & Family Grief Services Counsellors have graduate degrees in counselling, social work and psychology and are certified through the Collage of Alberta Psychologists, the Alberta College of Social Workers, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Our professional counsellors are bound by their professional codes of ethics and Hospice Calgary's policies. 

Additional Resources

We have gathered the following resources for you. Visit our Resources page for more.

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