Dear Hospice Supporters,

Thank you to those who were able to help out at our Pride in the Park and Blackberry Festival booths this month. And thank you to Sarah Bacon for always bringing beautiful floral
arrangements to adorn our table! It really helps to have a presence at local events, and we generally get a couple of new members and some donations to support our work. Hospice is
becoming a more familiar entity in our community, which can only help us expand the reach of our services.

Something we haven’t spoken much about is “third-party fundraisers”. Those are events or activities that are not organized by Four Tides Hospice Society but the proceeds will come to us. For example, Jodie Young and her amazing team of volunteers have organized a sold-out Burger n Beer night and silent auction in October, and we definitely appreciate all the work they’ve put into making this event a success.

If you or a group of your friends are thinking about how you can help raise funds to support Four Tides Hospice, please speak to our Interim Executive Director Leslie Emory. We have a third-party toolkit that walks you through the steps to ensure the success of your event. All third-party fundraisers require permission from the Society in order to ensure that our community can be confident that the event is above board, that you have permission to use our name and logo to advertise your event, and that there is a plan in place to get all proceeds to our society.

Please continue to share news of upcoming support groups and events within your networks. If you know someone who is struggling with their grief, let them know that they can access grief support groups and one-to-one bereavement volunteers through the Society. We have volunteers to support any individual who has received a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness at any point along their journey, as well as a support group for their caregivers. Check out our new and ongoing programs at

Thank you again for all you do in support of Four Tides Hospice Society. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information on any hospice-related topic.

Cathy Fisher, President
Update from our Interim Executive Director
It’s certainly been an active summer for the employees and volunteers at FTHS with many outreach, organizational and service activities taking place.
We are grateful for funding received from the Community Service Recovery Fund which will support us to develop and implement updated organizational management systems. FTHS has grown and we recognize the importance of ensuring that our systems and policies grow with us.
As an initiative under our new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, we are pleased to be partnering with Trans qathet to deliver a Gender Diversity Workshop on September 23 from 10:30 to 12:30 at the PRPL. An important step in embracing and effectively supporting diversity is to learn about differing life experiences and perspectives. If you are interested in attending, please contact 604 223 7309 or
With our name change fully implemented, we have created a variety of new program materials and are now distributing these to our partners and supporters in the community. If you would like brochures sent to you or can suggest locations you think are important, please let us know. 
As ever FTHS volunteers support every facet of our work, offering hundreds of hours monthly in client visits, group facilitation, outreach, fundraising and board supports. Please watch for our social media posts where we are profiling volunteers and the inspiring contributions they are making in the community. We are immensely grateful for all that you do!
Wishing everyone a glorious conclusion to summer and looking forward to reconnecting with many of you over the months ahead.
Leslie Emory, Interim Executive Director
Upcoming Grief Support Group
Starts Sept 11th
  • Runs bi-weekly on Mondays at 10am
  • Located at the United Church
  • Spots still available!

To register please contact Ciara at or
604 208 7221
Update from our Programs Coordinator

Our Caregiver Support Group is switching locations. As of September, they will be meeting at the United Church at 10 am on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. This group is ongoing and welcomes those caring for someone with a life-limiting illness or nearing end-of-life.

The Grief Walking Group continues to meet on the 1st and 4th Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Seawalk. Join us on September 26th as staff and volunteers will be at the Lower Seawalk parking lot to share information on FTHS services and walk together with attendees.

To register for any of the above email Ciara at or call 604.208.7221

Mindfulness: Making Moments Matter
Excerpt from Canadian Virtual Hospice. To read full article please click here.

Mindfulness is a practice that helps you connect with what you are experiencing in the present. Research has shown that mindfulness can positively affect your sense of well-being, even in the midst of illness. By focusing on your breath, you can find balance in the midst of distractions, demands and suffering. Mindfulness can help you live fully in the moment without getting stuck in it. Mindfulness comes from the spiritual traditions of the East, where it has been taught and practiced for thousands of years. In the West, mindfulness has played a greater role in healthcare, especially during the past three decades.

Practices for cultivating mindfulness
There are many practices for cultivating mindfulness, and it may take a while to find which work best for you. The ones you choose will affect the amount of time you need each day for them. Generally you may wish to spend 15 to 45 minutes a day on the practices that suit you. Regular practice will gradually begin to affect how you experience life. You may begin to notice moments of centredness or inner spaciousness. These are not things to strive for, but they may occur as you practice.

The following briefly describe a variety of practices for cultivating mindfulness:

Belly breathing
Sit or lie in a comfortable position (with your eyes closed, if you wish). Bring your attention to your belly. As you inhale, feel how your belly expands. When you exhale, feel how your belly relaxes. Continue to be with each in-breath and out-breath, riding the waves of your breathing. When you notice that your mind has wandered, bring your attention back to your breath and the rising and falling of your belly. Continue practicing for at least five minutes. You can also tune into your breathing from time to time during the day. Become aware of your thoughts and feelings at these moments, without judging them or yourself.

Sitting meditation
Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the floor, your spine straight, and your hands on your thighs or touching lightly in your lap. Begin by focusing on your breath. When your mind wanders, notice where it goes and gently bring your attention back to your belly and your breath. Continue for at least 10 minutes.

When keeping your attention on your breath becomes easier, you can expand your sitting meditation in any of the following ways:
  • Sitting with the body as a whole: Bring your awareness to your body as a whole as you sit.
  • Sitting with sound: Listen to sounds without labelling or judging them. Hear the silences between sounds, too.
  • Sitting with thoughts and feelings: Notice your thoughts come and go. Observe them as objects or events in your mind without getting caught up in their content. Note what each thought is about and what feelings go with it. Be aware of how thoughts move on if you don’t get involved in them and how some thoughts keep coming back.
  • Sitting with choiceless awareness: Just sit without focus or expectation. Be completely open to whatever comes into your awareness. Let it come and go, observing in stillness. Allow yourself simply to “be,” moment by moment.

Body scan
Lie or sit in a comfortable place and allow your eyes to close gently. Feel the rising and falling of your belly with each in-breath and out-breath. Begin the body scan by feeling your body’s points of contact with what you are lying or sitting on. Then bring your attention to your toes of your left foot, feeling the sensations in that region. If you don’t feel anything, just be aware of that. Slowly bring your attention to each region of your body – left toes, left foot, left calf, left thigh, left buttocks, right toes, right foot, right calf, right thigh, right buttocks, pelvis, lower back and abdomen, upper back and chest, both shoulders, fingers on each hand, both arms, neck and throat, face, back of the head, and top of the head.

Breathe into and out of each region of your body, observing the sensations you are experiencing. When you notice that your attention has wandered, bring your mind back to your breath and the region you are focusing on.

Walking meditation
Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and bring your attention to your breath for a few moments. As you begin to walk, notice how your weight shifts as you raise one foot and step forward. Be fully aware of that foot contacting the ground and your weight shifting to it, while you lift your other foot and step forward.

If possible, coordinate your footsteps with your breathing. Try inhaling while you raise the heel of one foot, exhaling when it is raised, inhaling as you move the foot forward, and exhaling as you place it firmly on the ground. Then repeat inhaling and exhaling as you raise, pause, move and plant your other foot.
You could also take two or more steps with each in-breath and out-breath. Choose a pace that allows you to pay attention to both your breathing and your walking. A suitable pace helps you to be fully present with each step and each breath. When your mind wanders, draw your attention back to what you are experiencing while you breath and walk.

Observing the sensations that arise from breathing and walking is at the heart of this meditation and is a good place to start. However, you can expand the meditation by opening your senses to everything around you. Using your breathing and walking as an anchor, bring your awareness to everything you see, touch and sense. Notice the thoughts and feelings that arise from these connections.

Loving-kindness meditation
Begin by calming your mind with mindful breathing. Then consciously offer love and kindness toward yourself by inwardly saying words such as: “May I be at peace. May I be free from anger. May my heart be open. May I be filled with compassion. May I be healed. May I be a source of healing for others.”
Continue by wishing other people well. Picture a person in your mind’s eye and hold him or her in your heart. Inwardly direct words, such as the following, toward that person: “May you be happy. May you be free from pain and suffering. May you experience love and joy.” End by coming back to your own body and breath. Enjoy the sense of connection you have with yourself and others.
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