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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)

Coming in Spring 2019: Dying to Know

Coming in March 2019 is our new monthly education program: Dying to Know. The program is open to anyone interested in the variety of topics that we will be covering related to death and dying. 

These interactive sessions will provide information on preparing for end of life, offer strategies for staying resilient through challenging times, and help care partners to become more confident in their role. 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. They are free of charge and will always feature expert speakers and professionals.

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 the full 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

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.

Register Online

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.

Register Online

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.

Register Online

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.

Register Online

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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.

More Info

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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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