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Advanced Illness 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 offers counselling and support to those living with advanced illness, as well as their close family members and friends of all ages. Our seminars provide participants with the awareness, skills and knowledge related to people living with advanced illnesses. 

Expert-led seminars include topics such as:

  • Managing illness
  • Facing the changes of life when someone is dying
  • Caregiver support
  • Self-care
  • Advanced care planning
  • Grief during end-of-life
  • How to talk to your family about Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Spirituality
  • Mindfulness practice
  • 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)

To download our Education information sheet, click here

Dying to Know - Registration is now Open!

Our monthly education program, Dying to Know, is open to anyone interested in the variety of topics related to death and dying. 

These interactive sessions provide information on preparing for end of life, offer strategies for staying resilient through challenging times, and help care partners become more confident in their roles. Participants will have the opportunity to share and network with others while learning about the many available resources. 

The sessions are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6 – 8 pm and always feature expert speakers and professionals. They are free of charge with donations at the door welcomed.

All Dying to Know sessions are at Sage Centre (1245 70 Avenue SE) with free parking available in front of the building and across the street at Trail Appliances. Register for upcoming sessions below.

To download a printable version of the Dying to Know program, click here

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

Dying to Know Education Program

 

JANUARY 21 - Being with Uncertainty & Finding Wholeness in the life we have

Have you ever wondered how you could possibly find joy in the midst of suffering? To be at peace in time of uncertainty could be one of our greatest challenges. Dr. Allan Donsky, Psychiatrist & Professor of Psychiatry will help us understand how we can be with uncertainty and yet…choose compassion.

Register Online | More Info

 

FEBRUARY 18 - Family Dynamics during Serious Illness

The diagnosis of life-threatening illness can have an impact on family dynamics and functioning. Kathy Bach Paterson and Rebca Zawda, Family Counsellors for Hospice Calgary, will discuss some of the changes that may occur while sharing strategies and resources that can help keep your family afloat during this time.

Register Online | More Info

 

MARCH 17 - Cross Cultural Beliefs, Traditions, and Funeral Customs

Would you like to learn more and understand the basic beliefs, customs, and traditions of other cultures that may be unfamiliar to you? Kathy S. Cloutier, Funeral Director, Manager Community Relations with McInnes & Holloway Funeral Homes, will share her extensive experience and first-hand knowledge about the human need that crosses all cultures – the need for understanding in the sorrow of death

Register Online | More Info

 

APRIL 21 - Embracing Illness and Death through Ritual 

It can be hard to know what to do and how to make meaning through the journey of illness and death. Lisa Marie Walker, Hospice Calgary Volunteer, Life Cycle Celebrant and Ceremonialist, will share the important role ceremony and ritual can have in supporting you through this transition time.

MAY 19 - Reflections on Caregiving 

Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful. What have you learned on your journey that you can share with others? Kathy Bach Patterson, Hospice Calgary Family Counsellor, and Heather Lucier, family caregiver, will share their experiences and strategies for facing difficult life transitions and developing resiliency.

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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 and Palliative Care. More Info

October 7th 6:30-8PM - South Health Campus Wellness Centre, Calgary: Supporting our Grieving Children and Teens: Practical Considerations for Parents and Caregivers  More Info

November 25th 6:30 - 8PM: Child Grief During the Holidays: Honouring the Loss in a Time of Celebration More Info

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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 Grief and Palliative Care. More Info

October 7th 6:30-8PM - South Health Campus Wellness Centre, Calgary: Supporting our Grieving Children and Teens: Practical Considerations for Parents and Caregivers  More Info

November 25th 6:30 - 8PM: Child Grief During the Holidays: Honouring the Loss in a Time of Celebration More Info

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