Welcome to our Fall 2021 Newsletter,

Thank you for your ongoing support as we adjust to the ever-changing pandemic restrictions and regulations. Please see below for information about upcoming programs, activities, and general information.

Just a reminder that our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00-1:00 and we are available by phone (604-223-7309) and email (coordinator@prhospice.org). During off hours, please leave a message and the Coordinator will return your call as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance or would like to book an appointment.
Welcome to Our New Coordinator!

The Board would like to welcome Sarah Joy Herzog, our new Hospice Coordinator! Sarah Joy has worked in the social work field for over 10 years. She is a macro-practice social worker passionate about community and group change and has experience working with many different people including young mothers, youth and adults who are homeless, individuals with exceptional abilities, survivors of trafficking and more. Her work has also focused on advocacy and awareness around social issues and overseeing programs to ensure positive impact for clients.  Sarah Joy recently moved to Powell River from Ontario to live by the ocean. She loves kayaking, hiking and searching for whales and seals!
Programs Update
Advance Care Planning Workshop

November 16, 7:00-8:30pm

Who will speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself?

These workshops will help you begin: 
• thinking about your beliefs, values and wishes 
• talking to family and health care providers 
• deciding who can speak for you if you’re not able 
• documenting your plans 

Sessions are held virtually, through Zoom

Each session is FREE and is limited to 8 participants 

Registration is required by emailing programs@prhospice.org 
or calling 604-223-7309

Grief Walking Group

We are hosting a free grief support walking group. Anyone struggling with a loss is welcome.

Walking makes talking easier. Join us to meet new people who share a common experience, and to provide mutual support and acceptance. Each walk is led by trained volunteers. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like!

We’ll meet once per week, weather-permitting, for 1 hour.

Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:30am
Meet in the Seawalk parking lot.
Caregiver Support Group

Join us on the last Monday of each month from 10:00-11:30am for drop-in Caregiver support at the Hospice office.
Compassionate Friends

Group for bereaved parents. Meets at the Hospice office the 4th Tuesday of every month.

Email powellrivertcf@gmail.com for more information and to register. 

New Volunteer Training Program coming in January 2022! 
Dates TBD 

Know anyone who would be interested in volunteering? Opportunities include: 1:1s with palliative patients or bereaved individuals, office work, event planning and more! Flexible hours! Call the office for more information! 

Please Call the office at 604-223-7309 for more information about any of these programs, or email programs@prhospice.org.

GivingTuesday is coming up on November 30!

What’s #GivingTuesday Canada? Co-founded in Canada by CanadaHelps and GIV3, GivingTuesday is one of the biggest days of giving annually.

It’s an opportunity to come together with our communities to make an immediate impact through donations of dollars, time, and support.

Donations can be made anytime by visiting our website.
Supporting a Grieving Child

Strategies to help children feel safe and secure
After my husband died, everyone felt so badly for the kids that the rules went out the window. In the long run it made parenting on my own much more difficult.
Day-to-day life can be seriously disrupted when a family member is dying or has died. Maintaining routines, limits and expectations as much as possible will help your children feel safe and secure.  

Keep routines as regular as possible. For example:
  • Continue with school and daycare.
  • Keep a regular bedtime.
Limits and expectations

Try to be consistent and predictable. It’s easier for children to control their behaviour when they know their parent always responds the same way. For example:
  • When a child receives the same consequence every time they hit a family member, they’ll stop this behaviour much more quickly than the child who sometimes gets away with it.

Try not to overindulge your children over a long period of time. For example:
  • Some people try to ease children’s grief by showering them with gifts. 
  • This can create unrealistic expectations which can create additional challenges for parents.

While it may seem caring to indulge grieving children, they benefit most from the time and attention of adults who are emotionally available to them. 

For more information, visit kidsgrief.ca.
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