Welcome to our Spring 2021 Newsletter,

As we head into Spring, our services to the community continue, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Our office remains closed to the general public, but we are available by phone (604-223-7309) and email (manager@prhospice.org). Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance or would like to book an appointment.

Please see below for information about the following:
  • This year's virtual Walk, Run & Hike for Hospice
  • An overdose loss grief support group
  • Upcoming Advance Care Planning workshops
  • An Article about grieving pre-pandemic memories
  • An update about the Family Room at Evergreen Extended Care
Join us for the 2021 Powell River Hospice Society
Virtual Walk, Run & Hike for Hospice May 2-9!

This year's event will be taking place virtually. Create a team with your friends or colleagues, or participate by yourself. Walk, run or hike anywhere you like, anytime you like, and collect pledges to help support Powell River Hospice Society!

If you have any questions or need help registering, contact admin@prhospice.org.

Please note that you are also free to make a donation anytime without actually participating in this event. All funds raised go towards sustaining the operations of Powell River Hospice Society.

Overdose Loss Grief Support Group

Fridays, April 9, 16. 23 & 30, 4:00-5:30pm at the ARC Community Event Centre.

Please note that you must register ahead of time by calling Jackie at 604-223-7309 or emailing manager@prhospice.org.
COMING SOON: Advance Care Planning Workshops

Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking and talking about what’s important to you. This helps you, and those closest to you, prepare to make future health-care decisions.

We have received a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program to host a series of workshops on Advance Care Planning. These free workshops are currently in the planning phase, and we will send out more information as it becomes available.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jackie at 604-223-7309 or manager@prhospice.org.

To learn more about Advance Care Planning, click here.
Article: We Have to Grieve Our Last Good Days

Below is an excerpt from an article relevant to current times. A link to the full article can be found at the bottom.

[I was on a work trip in Florida in February, 2020, and] I felt like maybe I’d regret it [swimming in the ocean] if I didn’t go in. So I changed into a bathing suit I didn’t know I was wearing for the last time, and I swam out just far enough to feel free but still safe. Two things I haven’t felt since.

The water had a bite. I can still see the colors of the sunset if I close my eyes.

You have your own ocean, probably. The memory from Before that you can’t help returning to. The last concert you went to, the last hug you had with a distant loved one, the last trip you took to work maskless and unafraid. The last time you didn’t know it would be the last time.

These memories became a common topic of conversation and the object of a sort of hyper-nostalgia as huge swaths of people found themselves suddenly, indefinitely confined. Now that it’s been nearly a year since the pandemic officially became a pandemic, social media and our human tendency to mark anniversaries are conspiring to remind us anew of all the things we used to have just 12 months ago.

Family Room at Evergreen Extended Care Update

A few months ago, we shared on Facebook that the Family Room at Evergreen Extended Care was undergoing renovations thanks to our wonderful volunteer, Janet Kenmuir, and a grant from the Powell River Community Forest. The renovations are now complete. See below for the before and after pictures! Thank you so much to both Janet and PR Community Forest for making a safe and comfortable place for families and their loved ones as they approach the end of their lives.
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