Counselling services are for individuals who have been recently diagnosed with serious illnesses and their family, friends and caregivers. Counselling is also offered for sudden death due to other causes. The team counsels adults and may counsel children and adolescents. Referrals to other community services are made when appropriate.
Counselling offers a confidential and supportive way for people to sort through the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of their life changes, and adjust as they move through the phases and challenges of the illness or death that has occurred. This may include sharing the loss experience through discussion, art or poetry, relaxation, receiving information and suggestions for reading, and learning about grief and loss. Counselling is offered on a one-to-one basis and with families and small groups as appropriate.
Counselling is provided in the Hospice office and may be provided in homes, care facilities, schools and at work sites.
Access to counselling service is through direct contact by telephone to our Hospice office (250-339-5533) or through referral from Health Care and Community Services professionals and staff.
Services are provided free of charge but donations are always welcome.