As a non-profit organization, which was established 25 years ago, the Hospice Society continues to thrive today as an integral part of our city.
Their mandate is to provide compassionate support and companionship to meet the needs of those individuals facing death, their family and friends and for those grieving a loss due to death.
It is Hospice’s goal to provide a quiet and home like atmosphere for a palliative (end of life) care beds for those that do not have the option or do not want to remain at home during their final days.
With their dedicated team of volunteers, staff are able to meet the steady increase in requests for assistance from the members of our community and surrounding area.
These volunteers are caring men and women who are specifically trained in understanding the needs and concerns of the dying and bereaved. They may have experienced their own loss and have personal insight into what that person or family is going through; they are able to provide support, client companionship, and respite for a caregiver, all without judging or advising.
And Hospice knows that the support can not stop when someone passes away, because it is the children, the spouse and other members of the family who are left behind that are now grieving the loss of that loved one.
With that in mind, the Society provides a number of grief support programs: One on One Grief and Loss Counseling (for children, youths and adults); Widow and Widowers Support Group; Bereavement Support Group; Grief after Suicide Support Group; a Walking Support Group (walking with a group of like-minded individuals who have experienced loss, illness or are caregivers); Relaxation Therapy Support Group (stress and symptom management for patients and their caregivers – either one on one or in a group setting).
There is also an extensive resource library in which to borrow from and their Sally Wellman Memorial Garden (located at the Rotary Beach on the Seawalk) for those who wish to purchase a plaque and have it placed in the garden in memory of a loved one. The demand for hospice services continues to grow each year as they have seen an overall increase of 30 per cent in client requests since 2007. This past year found 1,226 people seeking out Hospice services which amounted to volunteers and staff providing over 7,000 hours to ensure that everyone who has requested help receives the support and assistance necessary to get them through their time of need.
If you would like to support the Campbell River Hospice Society by donating, becoming a member, a volunteer or have questions regarding their services, please call the Campbell River Hospice Society at 250-286-1121, drop by their office at #104, 301 Dogwood Street – Mondays to Fridays between 9 and 3 pm, or visit their website at: www.crhospice.org.