Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Canadian Virtual Hospice Holiday Resources

I volunteer with this on-line group. They have excellent resources!

From Canadian Virtual Hospice

GRIEVING DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Grieving the death of a family member or friend is hard, exhausting work and it can be especially difficult during the holidays. In “Grief in Times of Celebration: The Empty Spot,” Virtual Hospice Spiritual Care Advisor Glen Horst suggests ways to “get through” or “survive” the holidays after loss.


PREPARING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Hospice Calgary has complied helpful tips for coping during the holiday season after the death of a loved one. You can find a holiday checklist, ideas to embrace memories and create new memories, tips for helping children cope and more.


12 TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN WITH THEIR GRIEF
Children, Grief, and the Holidays: How You Can Help,” developed by the National Alliance for Grieving Children, provides simple suggestions for helping your children “get through” the holidays. They suggest family activities such as attending a holiday memorial celebration, making a holiday ornament in memory of the person who died, planning a special remembrance meal and more.
 

GRIEVING AT HANNUKAH
Award-winning author Ellen S. Jaffe’s novel “Feast of lights,” tells the story of twelve-year-old Sarah, as she experiences her first Hanukkah after the death of her little brother.


 

GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WORKSHEET
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families has developed "Getting through the Holidays" which includes tips to help you navigate challenges during the holidays after loss and a holiday plan worksheet to work through as a family.
 
 

GRIEF AND THE HOLIDAYS BY IAN BOS
Ian Bos reflects over the past weeks since his return home from his cross-Canada walk for hospice palliative care, and his feelings as he prepares for the holidays. "...it is normal to look at these days in a different light – it’s just not the same as it was." This will be Ian's first christmas since the death of his father.
 

NOMINATE A FAMILY IN NEED


Give a Mile is looking to connect 25 people dealing with advanced illness with friends and families over the holidays. All flight cost and taxes are covered. They are currently at 24 flights out of their goal of 25, but due to an amazing amount of donations they now have an additional 5 flights to give! Nominate a family that could use the gift of a flight by emailing: info@giveamile.org.


HOLIDAY SORROWS AND PRECIOUS GIFTS
“You breathe most deeply into life when you accept heartache as the price of love.” International grief expert Thomas Attig reflects on grief during the holidays and the precious memories that lost loved ones leave with us.
 


WE’RE HERE FOR YOU – ASK A PROFESSIONAL
Have a question about holiday grief? Ask us. Our Virtual Hospice clinical team is available to respond to any questions that arise during the holidays.

 

SHARE YOUR HOLIDAY STORY
This holiday, consider sharing your story with us, we’d love to hear from you. Here are some timeless ‘Your Stories’ about the holidays:

HONOURING AND REMEMBERING A LOVED ONE
Honour someone who has died today by making a donation in their name and hanging a tag/card on your local community memory tree. Here are some groups that have a memory tree or offer a similar program: Hospice Yukon Society –Light’s of Life, Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association – Memory Snowflakes, Palliative Manitoba – Memory Tree and Hospice Palliative Care Association of Prince Edward Island – Let Their Light Shine.
 

A PLACE FOR SHARING
Connect with others who are dealing with advanced illness, grieving or facing the end of life during this holiday season in our Discussion Forums.  These are some of the things people are talking about:

FIND SUPPORT
Check your local palliative care organizations or faith based organizations for special services for people grieving during the holidays.

 

COMING SOON - MYGRIEF.CA
In collaboration with national and international grief experts and families who “have been there” Virtual Hospice is finalizing MyGrief.ca – a free, “family approved” workbook to work through your grief form the comfort of your home. Developed with funding from the Canadian Partnerships Against Cancer, MyGrief.ca will be online in January. Sign up for an alert that will notify you when MyGrief.ca is live.
   

CONTACT US
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