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Current Services

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Our hospice and bereavement support services are limited at this time.  In the near future we will offer additional programs and services to support our community.

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Grief Circle

When we ache from the loss of a loved one, we need to grieve, to give peace to the grief.  Using a variety of techniques, grief is explored in a small group setting, with time for each participant to share their grief journey.  Led by a professional counsellor, the groups sessions may be offered online or in person. 

 

The next Grief Circle will be offered November 2 to December 7th, 2023 on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  All sessions are held at the Harold and Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care at 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, at no cost to Delta residents  For more information or to register, please contact info@heronhospice.org or call 604 245 7380

Grief Companions

When life gets in the way, it can feel like there is no time to sit and acknowledge your grief. When this happens, it can be helpful to carve out a specific time each week to pause, breathe, and process your grief. You will be matched with a trained Grief Companion volunteer and have a chance to meet via phone, online or in person at a time convenient to you. The volunteers, who are trained and supervised by a registered clinical counsellor, will listen and support participants through their grief journey.

Counselling

Dealing with loss, uncertainty, and change, as well as having to make decisions associated with an advanced illness, can be as difficult as the physical pain. We offer a safe place to express negative and other emotions without being judged. Our specially trained counsellors provide individuals and/or their families in Delta with practical and emotional support during their grief journey.

Vigil Services

Vigil Services allow for family members and caregivers to take some time to rest, reflect and tend to any aspects of daily life knowing a caring person is at their loved ones bedside.  This involves a team of volunteers who make themselves available to sit at the loved ones bedside. Vigil services are provided to long term care homes as requested.

Bereavement Baskets

Our Bereavement Basket program was created to offer a sense of comfort & connection during the difficult time after a loved one dies. This basket was made possible by generous donations from Delta residents as a way to let you know that you are not alone. Each basket is lovingly prepared by Heron Hospice Society volunteers.If you would like to request a basket, please contact info@heronhospice.org or call 604-245-7380.

Hospice Visits

Our volunteer team supports residents at Irene Thomas Hospice with daily visits. Our volunteers will visit with residents and their families to provide compassionate, warm and caring support.

Tea Service

Offered at the Irene Thomas Hospice, this program creates a special moment of splendor for residents and their families. Our volunteers will offer refreshments and treats to residents and their families on an antique tea cart, served on beautiful locally china and silver.

Relaxation Circle

This online program offers a connection with relaxation and mindfulness. Experience the calming effects of guided meditation set to soft music. The relaxation response can help with pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and more. Individuals who have been diagnosed with life limiting illnesses and those who are grieving. It is open to family and caregivers as well.  

The next Relaxation Circle will run September 26 to October 31, 2023 on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. All sessions are held at the Harold and Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care at 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, at no cost to Delta residents  For more information or to register, please contact info@heronhospice.org or call 604 245 7380

Community Education

Through workshops and webinars, we aim to help educate our community on end-of life issues, including death, grief and loss, and related topics.  Partnering with allied healthcare professionals, these education sessions are open to the public and will feature end of life supports, advance planning, understanding hospice care, bereavement and more.

Lending Library

The library is open to Delta community members: Monday - Thursday, 9:30 - 2:30.  Titles include books on grief and bereavement, death and dying, self-care, and other related topics. View the library catalogue online now!

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