The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.

—Eminem

Receiving news about a change in health can be frightening and raise many questions.

One’s ability to read and process information can be affected and our hospice team is here to lend help and guidance whatever your needs may be. We support people at home, in care facilities, in hospital and in our community hospice.

A plan can be developed to assist you now and in the future and will include hearing what matters most to you and how you wish to be supported. Your needs may change over time and our team is here to be responsive to your wishes. It is our commitment to help make every moment matter for you and your loved ones as health care needs change.

To request further information or to arrange an appointment as soon as possible contact our office at 250-339-5533 or email: reception@comoxhospice.com

 

** Please note that the following program descriptions are subject to changes to format and/or availability depending on the current provincial COVID-19 protocols. These changes may be required at short notice.

Community supports available

Community Hospice

Our community hospice offers personalized care in a home like setting for people whose care needs may no longer be met at home, or, for those preferring residential hospice care.

For more information about admission to our community hospice you may wish to talk with your or your loved one’s family physician, a Home and Community Care Nurse or call our office at: 250-339-5533.

For a virtual tour of Hospice at The Views click here.

Individual and Family Counselling

Our counselling services are available for people of all ages who have been recently diagnosed with serious illnesses and their family, friends and caregivers. Counselling offers a confidential and supportive way to talk about feelings and what matters most to you.

Counselling is offered on a one-to-one basis and with families and small groups as appropriate. Usually counselling is provided in the Hospice offices. In addition, counselling may be provided in homes, care facilities, schools and at work sites. Services are provided free of charge but donations are always welcome.

To arrange an appointment or for more information call: 250-339-5533

Advance care planning

A team of trained volunteers provide community or group presentations as well as free information sessions about advance care planning. Whether you are healthy or facing a life limiting illness, documenting your end of life wishes and designating someone to speak on your behalf regarding your health care can ease stress for you and your family members. Learn more about our advance care planning program here.

Blue Christmas/Celebrate a Life

Blue Christmas/Celebrate a Life is an annual seasonal event that supports the grieving and those experiencing hardship during the holidays. A message of empathy and special readings is prepared by the pastor at the Comox United Church with volunteer participation from CVHS to Celebrate a Life. Attendees are invited to remember loved ones by lighting a candle, and placing a name tag on the tree in their memory.

Lending Library

A lending library is available to clients seeking information about living with a life threatening illness, dying, grieving and caregiving. Resources include a large assortment of books, CDs, DVDs, and Audio Cassettes and may be signed out on loan.

Palliative direct care volunteer visiting programs

Palliative Client Support Program

Clients who have a life-limiting illness receive emotional and spiritual support from a carefully matched volunteer who is versed in the various issues, concerns and fluctuating needs that arise during this time. This in person companionship is offered in a variety of settings including in home, in hospital or long term care facility. Volunteers offering energy work in healing modalities such as Reiki or Healing Touch are also available upon request.

Phone Outreach Palliative

Those who have a life limiting illness experience a wide range of emotions in a time of shifting circumstances. In addition to their own feelings about dying, they may also be managing the reactions of family and friends. Knowing that a trained volunteer is available to talk on the phone provides a safe and compassionate place to share feelings and concerns during a time of shifting circumstances.

Advance Care Planning

Having a life limiting illness can bring on a flurry of unanswered questions. Our 1-1 Advance Care Planning volunteers can help by providing resources for clients to help them to have important conversations with family about their end of life wishes.

Comox Valley Hospital (CVH) Visiting Team

CVHS volunteers provide in-person visits during scheduled shifts to those receiving care at CVH due to a life limiting illness or who can no longer be cared for at home. These in-person visits provide a supportive emotional connection that is not centered on or limited to the client’s medical needs. This emotional support may also be of benefit to visiting family members as referrals to other services are offered.

Hospice at the View (HaTV) Visiting Team

CVHS volunteers provide in person visits during scheduled shifts to those who have been admitted to HaTV and help to welcome new patients receiving care. Volunteers provide emotional support at the bedside as well as a social connection that allows for intentional conversation. Having a supportive comforting connection with someone who is not a family member or health care provider can offer another facet of care that seeks to ensure that their emotional and spiritual needs are met. Volunteers offer support for family members as well.

Settling Program

Being in hospital and away from home can be hard to adjust to. Our opt-in settling program provides clients with an evening volunteer visitor who can provide restful music, Reiki or Healing Touch as a comforting end-of-day routine that promotes restful sleep.

Vigil Support

When someone is nearing death, both the client and the family may find comfort knowing that there is always someone close by. Vigil support to families is a service offered upon request, at which time a small group of volunteers is available to sit at the bedside to augment the support of family and friends.

Caregiver support volunteer programs

Respite Support

Our trained volunteers may offer brief and periodic respite support to family of origin or family of support caregivers, to allow them time for self care and to tend to their own needs and concerns. The setting for this care may be at home, in hospital or facility. By having this time to care for themselves, they are able to offer better care.

Circle of Family Caregivers

This is a weekly support group designed to meet the emotional needs of those who are caring for someone with a life limiting illness.  Offering a drop in format, participants can make new connections, learn about available resources, as well as how to develop new skills to avoid caregiver burnout and recognize their strengths.

Funding for this program gratefully acknowledged

 

Caregiver Client Support Program

Clients who provide care for a friend or family member with a life limiting illness can access services in support of the significant emotional impact of their caregiving role, as well as the anticipated grief they will experience as the illness progresses. Caregivers can access in-person visits as well as telephone support with a trained volunteer familiar with the challenges, demands, and personal sacrifices that occur during the course of a life limiting illness.

Bereavement support programs

Grief Support

This program provides thoughtfully matched companionship to bereaved clients through the first year of their grief journey. Trained volunteers offer compassionate non-judgemental support to help naturalize the grieving process through in-person visits. The frequency of these visits gradually tapers as the client learns to adjust to their loss.

Phone Outreach Bereavement

The pain and loneliness following a loss can be eased by the presence of a trained volunteer who provides compassionate non-judgemental support through regular phone calls. Clients can feel emotionally supported as they express their grief, share memories, talk about their concerns and challenges. Volunteers are supported by CVHS counsellor.

Bereavement Support Walk and Talk

1:1 Bereavement Support Walk and Talk offers bereavement clients the opportunity to gently talk about their grief in an outdoor setting while walking with a CVHS volunteer. All current COVID protocols as recommended by health authorities are observed.

Grief and Beyond

Grief and Beyond is a counsellor led support group for CVHS clients who have lost a loved one and whose counsellor feels they would benefit from sharing in a group setting. Those who participate either in person or via Zoom learn about their own grief journey through the stories and experiences expressed by others in the group.
Funding for this program gratefully acknowledged.

 

Healing Art of Grief

Healing Art of Grief is a counsellor led support group that focuses on helping the bereaved to find healing and nourishment through gentle and experimental creative expression. The program is offered in small in-person groups as well as via Zoom and uses common art supplies that are either supplied to participants for in person groups or easily attainted for those participating from home.
Funding for this program gratefully acknowledged.

 

Yoga for the Grieving Heart

Yoga for the Grieving Heart is offered to our bereavement clients in the comfort of their own home via Zoom, as well as in small classes as current COVID-19 health authority protocols allow. The 75 minute classes are led by a trained yoga instructor (as well as a CVHS counsellor and volunteer) and offer a gentle supported way to move through grief, enhance well-being and find clarity.
Funding for this program gratefully acknowledged.

 

Intentional Walking

This program offers a variety of formats that combine the self-paced movement of walking with the beauty of nature and guided reflections prepared by our counsellor team.

Gentle Walks for Grieving Hearts are small walking groups of individuals comprised of CVHS clients who are experiencing a loss and trained CVHS volunteers. Participants meet weekly in accessible walking areas and are encouraged to talk about their feelings about grief while meeting others who are experiencing similar situations. All current COVID protocols are observed as recommended by health authorities.

The Nature Walk Program provides printed self-led walking guides for several locations with a variety of themes to help clients gain new perspectives, record their personal reflections, and increase self-awareness. These routes include the Puntledge River Transitions Walk, the Puntledge River Sensory Walk, the Airpark Amble, and 5 themes for the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds.

Funding for this program gratefully acknowledged.

 

Self care programs

CVHS offers self –care programs that utilize energy work by request for clients and their family members as well as CVHS staff and volunteers. A team of volunteers trained in a variety of healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch provide an opportunity to practice self-care and promote relaxation and well-being.

Self Care Clinic

In person treatments are offered at the Comox United Church by CVHS volunteers trained in the healing modalities of Reiki or Healing Touch (as COVID-19 protocols permit). These 30-minute sessions are available by appointment to CVHS palliative clients, caregivers, the bereaved, as well as CVHS staff and volunteers.

Meditation Healing Circle

Volunteers trained in energy work and the healing modalities such as Reiki or Healing Touch provide comfort to clients remotely through prayer and meditation. At a specific time each week, volunteers focus the energy of their healing practice toward those requesting this support. Those receiving this service may choose to participate themselves, by relaxing in a receptive way during that time.