Dear Hospice Supporters,

Thank you to those who were able to attend our November 28th Annual General Meeting either in person or virtually. It was a great turnout for our first in-person event in a couple of years. If you were unable to attend but would like a copy of the meeting package, please send a request to and we’ll get it to you right away. It’s really great to read all the reports and to see the scope of the work we do!

Dwayne Dunn from dmd Chartered Professional Accountants presented our financial report for the past year and reported there were no concerns with our finances or our record keeping.  

We held our elections for directors, and for the first in several years, we’ve got a full complement of 9 directors! Crista Whyte, Malerie Meeker and I have one year remaining in our terms. Acclaimed for a 2-year term were Niky Burnett, Gary Olson, Doreen Point, Maureen Tierney, Hilary Ward and Jodie Young. Thank you to all who put their names forward to take on this important work.

We said goodbye to Anna Byrne and Rod Paynter. Anna was on the board before she became our Coordinator and returned to the board as Vice-President in 2020. Rod has been responsible for Policies and Procedures as well as Membership since his election to the board in 2018. We thank them both for all their work in moving the Society forward over the years and know they will continue their support of Hospice in a different capacity.

Following a fair bit of discussion on our special resolution, 22 of the 25 members present voted in favour of changing our name to “Four Tides Hospice Society”. According to our bylaws, this vote had to have 75% of the people in attendance vote in favour, and we easily met that threshold. I have begun the legal paperwork for this change and once that's complete, we will let everyone know.

Following the AGM, the new directors met to select the executive for the coming year. Malerie Meeker will be Vice-President, Hilary Ward will be Secretary, Crista Whyte will continue as Treasurer, and I will continue as President. I thank the board for all their support!

If you’ve got a bit of time and would like to help out, we’ve got a small fundraising opportunity gift wrapping at Springtime Garden Centre’s Christmas store this Saturday and Sunday between 11 and 3. If you’d like to volunteer for a 2-hour shift on either of those days, please e-mail me at

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Powell River Hospice Society. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information on any hospice-related topic.

Cathy Fisher, President
Celebrate a Life This Holiday Season

Join us for this year’s Celebrate a Life Tree, at the Town Centre Mall and online via Facebook!

Submit the names of your loved ones using our online form and we will put each name on its own personalized ornament on our Facebook page. Our volunteers will also place a handwritten ornament on our tree in the Mall for every name submitted.

Submissions will be accepted December 1 to December 31, 2022.

To access the online form and submit the names of your loved ones, visit

To view submissions starting tomorrow, December 1, visit our Facebook page:
Update from Our Client & Volunteer Coordinator

We are looking for new volunteers for all of our programs and services. Volunteer schedules are flexible. Share your skills and become involved in the community.

Training starts January 2023 and runs for 8 weeks on Tuesday nights and 2 full Saturdays.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the application form found here and send it to

Some Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Set realistic expectations for yourself. Remind yourself that this year is different. Decide if you can still handle past responsibilities and expectations. Examine the tasks and events of celebrating and ask yourself if you want to continue them. Accept others' offers to cook, shop, decorate, etc. Consider shopping by phone, Internet or catalog this year if you feel a need to avoid crowds or memories.

Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Share your plans with family and friends and let them know of changes in holiday routines. Memories can sometimes be a source of comfort to the bereaved, so share them by telling stories and looking at photo albums.

Despite the temptation, try to avoid “canceling” the holiday. It is OK to avoid some circumstances that you don’t feel ready to handle, but don't isolate yourself. Make some time for solitude, remembering and grieving, but balance it with planned social activities.

Allow yourself to feel joy, sadness, anger – allow yourself to grieve. It is important to recognize that every family member has his/her own unique grief experience. No one way is right or wrong. Experiencing joy and laughter during a time of grief does not mean you have forgotten your loved one.

Draw comfort from doing for others. Consider giving a donation or gift in memory of you loved one. Invite a guest who might otherwise be alone for the holidays. Adopt a needy family during the holiday season.

Take care of yourself. Avoid using alcohol to self-medicate your mood. Try to avoid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Physical exercise is often an antidote for depression. Writing in a journal can be a good outlet for your grief. Give yourself permission to buy something frivolous and indulgent, just because.

Create a new tradition or ritual that accommodates your current situation. Some people find comfort by honoring traditions, while others find them unbearably painful. Discuss with your family the activities you want to include or exclude this year. Some examples of new rituals and traditions include:
  • Announce beforehand that someone different will carve the turkey.
  • Create a memory box. Fill it with photos of your loved one or memory notes from family members and friends. Ask young children to contribute drawings in the memory box.
  • Make a decorative quilt using favorite colors, symbols, images or pieces of clothing/fabric that remind you of the person who died.
  • Light a candle in honor of your loved one.
  • Put a bouquet of flowers on your holiday table in memory of your loved one.
  • Visit the cemetery and decorate the memorial site.
  • Have a moment of silence during a holiday toast to honor your loved one.
  • Place a commemorative ornament on the Christmas tree.
  • Dedicate one of the Chanukah candles in memory of your loved one.
  • Write a poem about your loved one and read it during a holiday ritual.
  • Play your loved one’s favorite music or favorite game.
  • Plan a meal with your loved ones’ favorite foods.

The most important thing to remember is there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the holiday season after the death of a loved one. The best coping mechanism for the first holiday season is to plan ahead, get support from others and take it easy.

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