May is Hospice Month

Published on May 2, 2011

May is Hospice Month

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my friend. You folks do amazing work. I’m grateful your society exists and that courageous, compassionate volunteers are willing to take on such hard but rewarding work.”  ~message was sent to the Pacific Rim Hospice Society

Caring for loved ones at the end of their lives is one of the most difficult things a family or informal caregiver has to face. Many face this journey alone because they are unaware of the resources that are available to assist them, both during their loved one’s illness and during their bereavement period.

Hospice volunteers are here to help support individuals and families facing end-of-life, bereavement and debilitating illness issues. Hospice volunteers are respectful, skilled, accessible and committed to providing compassionate support to enable quality of life and peace for those facing end of life and loss.

The Hospice serves Ucluelet, Tofino and the neighbouring First Nations communities. All of Hospice’s services are free of charge.

May is Hospice Month. Pacific Rim Hospice Society is celebrating with several events. 

There will be membership tables at the Co-ops where community members can stop by to learn more about Hospice services and programs and become a 2011 Hospice member for only $10. Hospice membership gives you quarterly newsletters, voting privileges at the AGM and the satisfaction of making a difference in our communities. Hospice will also grateful accept much needed tax deductible donations.

Volunteers will be at the Tofino Co-op May 6th and 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Ucluelet Co-op May 20 and 21, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the Ucluelet table. Please call Kim 250-725-1240 if you can help. 

May 13, 14 and 15 is the second annual Tsunami Slo Pitch Charity Tournament at the Tugwell Field in Ucluelet. Hospice is honored to be the recipient of funds raised from tournament this year.

Thank you to organizer Gaylene Thorogood, the Ucluelet Co-op and Far West for contributing to the snack bar, the volunteers who will be helping out and all the teams from Ahousaht, Tofino and Ucluelet. Please call Gaylene at 726-3700 for more information.

A workshop on grief is taking place May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6 Plex Common Area in  Ittatsoo (Ucluelet) East.

Hospice, Nuu-chah-nulth Mental Health and Ucluelet First Nation Health Centre are collaborating to present this training, which is designed for care providers, volunteers and counsellors working with bereaved clients.

It is also the first session of 2011 Hospice volunteer training. Phases of grieving, Nuu-chah-nulth world view, the Grief Wheel, emotions of grief, risk factors, grief and tradition, listening skills, cultural support and healing and first response will be presented by Anita Charleson Touchie, Hospice educators and the Nuu-chah-nulth Cultural Support and Healing team.

Please call or email Hospice 250-725-1240 or kim@pacificrimhospice.cafor more information about May events or Hospice Volunteer Training.

Since 1996 the Pacific Rim Hospice Society has helped to ensure that everyone living in our communities has what they need-not only in the good times but in the not so good times.  Life holds many challenges and we all need help at one time or another.  Hospice could not support others without community help.