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.
Since our founding, Hospice Calgary was a driving force in establishing hospice care in Alberta. Today, Hospice Calgary’s continuum of care for those who are grieving and dying is unparalleled in Calgary & Area.
Expert-led seminars offered in collaboration with other sector experts include topics such as:
- Palliative & Hospice Care
- Volunteer training
- Palliative end-of-life care current issues & research
- Medical Assistance in Dying, process and understanding
- Signs that End-of-Life is approaching
- Contemplative practice
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.
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
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.
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 to Zoom.
Oct 19 - Advanced Care Planning (Online via Zoom)
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.Register
Nov 16 - Funeral Planning (Online via Zoom)
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
Jan 18 - Being with Uncertainty and Finding Wholeness (Online via Zoom)
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 will help us understand how we can be with uncertainty and yet...choose compassion.Register
Feb 15 - As the Last Chapter Approaches (Online via Zoom)
People remember the death of their family members or friends until their own last breath. Hospice Calgary’s Dr. Kim Finvers and Lisa Lysak RN will provide information on what to expect in the last months to days of life and how we can help. See Life’s Last Chapter resource at hospicecalgary.ca/lifeslastchapter.Register
Sept 29 - How To Talk with Children About Death & Grief (Online via Zoom)
Children grieve differently than adults. They do not have the capacity to deal with intense emotions continuously like adults. Instead, children grieve in doses, alternating between times of play and intense emotions. A child’s age, developmental stage, and experiences determine their understanding of death and ability to cope with the death of a loved one.Register
Oct 13 - We Grieve Differently…Even in Families (Online via Zoom)
We all grieve in our own unique way and have different needs as we experience the death of someone close to us.Register
Oct 27 - How To Talk with Children About Advanced Illness (Online via Zoom)
When someone in the family has a life-threatening illness, the whole family is impacted by the many changes, the concerns and the unknown. Adults may choose to avoid talking to children about the illness to protect them from pain and distress. However, when children are not informed, they often feel excluded, alone and isolated. It’s important to consider that children will feel something is going on in their family even when they are not told. They may even think that they have caused the anxiety and unsettled state of their family.Register
Nov 10 - When Grief is Complicated (Online via Zoom)
Grief is how we respond when we experience loss. Everyone experiences grief and many people associate grief with the death of someone close to them. Grief is also a common reaction when someone in their lives is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Grief is complicated.Register
Nov 24 - Staying Connected to the Person Who Died (Online via Zoom)
When someone dies, it’s natural to worry about losing the memories you have of when they were alive. For this reason, it can be very helpful to find concrete ways to pay them tribute.Register
Dec 8 - When the Holidays Hurt (Online via Zoom)
The holidays can be a difficult time for those who grieve. Acknowledging this may help us to accept our reactions and tap into ways that make it easier to manage.Register
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.