Advanced Illness Education

Education on Living with Advanced Illness

Hospice Calgary has provided palliative and hospice care, support during advanced illness, and grief counselling for people and families in Calgary and area for over 30 years. The following learning opportunities are focused to help strengthen, engage, and equip you to face uncertainty. We share practical tools and offer resources to support professionals and community advocates in their day-to-day work. You’ll gain new awareness, skills and knowledge to help respond to the challenges you face.

Expert-led seminars from the Living with Advanced Illness Centre include topics such as:

  • Caregiver support
  • Advanced care planning
  • How to talk to your family about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
  • Spirituality
  • and many more….

Who will benefit from these sessions? 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.


Registration for Dying to Know is now open!

Our monthly education program, Dying To Know, is open to anyone interested in a variety of topics related to death and dying. These interactive sessions help in preparing for end-of-life, offer strategies for staying resilient through challenging times, and help care partners become more confident in their roles. These sessions are hosted online free of charge. Donations are welcome.

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.

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


Customized for You

Does your group have specific learning needs? We create customized sessions delivered in a way 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

Upcoming Education Opportunities

The health and safety of our clients, volunteers, staff, and community members is our highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for this reason that we have moved all upcoming sessions of Dying To Know will be virtual (Zoom). 

Upcoming Dying to Know Sessions

Sept 20 - Dying to Know - What is Hospice and Palliative Care?

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 at Hospice Calgary’s residential hospice Rosedale, will share information about Hospice and Palliative Care as well as how to access services and resources. Register

Oct 18 - 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. This includes 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 that legacy is defined, wishes are honoured, and loved ones are taken care of. Session 2 is the Nov 15 - Funeral Planning event. Register

Nov. 15 - 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. Session 1 is the Oct 18 - Advanced Care Planning event. Register
Upcoming Parent Lunch & Learn Series
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. 

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