Wellness Programs

As part of the holistic hospice philosophy, we offer a variety of wellness programs at no cost for people living with a terminal illness, caregivers, family members, and those grieving the loss of a loved one:

Connecting through Cooking

Our monthly class helps teach participants to acquire practical skills for shopping and cooking while connecting with others in a safe and comfortable environment.

Guided Meditation

Begin your week with a half hour of guided meditation, followed by mindfulness exercises and discussion.

Step by Step Walking Group

Step by Step is a relaxed walking group providing an opportunity to enjoy nature. Meeting on a weekly basis from May through October, a volunteer leader guides participants on gentle walking paths, and from time to time introduce a theme as a reflection as you walk.

Finances Made Simple

Finances Made Simple is a three-week program designed to assist you to reduce financial stress by building your confidence to organize your financial affairs.

Zooming Into Wellness

Four session coping skills and wellness group.  Participants will engage in mindfulness and self-care activities as a group and will be provided with takeaway activities and resources.  This program is open to Caregiver, Palliative and Bereaved clients.  This is a four-week closed group which means there are no drop-ins.  Registration is required. Weekly program, Wednesdays, November 4 -25.  1:00-2:30 pm.

Complementary Therapies

St. Joseph’s Hospice offers a variety of complementary therapies in our Wellness Centre or in the comfort of the homes of individuals living with a terminal illness. Therapies offered through Hospice may include:

  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Therapeutic Touch

Each therapy is delivered by trained Hospice volunteers who are certified in their respective modality.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy utilizes direct contact by kneading the muscles and joints to improve circulation, range of movement, decrease minor muscle pain and help overall relaxation.


Reiki is a technique used for stress relief and relaxation. A Reiki therapist uses light touch to activate the natural healing processes to aid with physical and emotional well-being.


Reflexology is a focused hands-on pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are reflexes on different parts of the body that correspond to other body parts, glands, and organs. Reflexology can promote stress relief, enhance circulation, and support a healthy metabolism.

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch was developed for stress relief and relaxation. Like Reiki, it is an energy-focused therapy in which the practitioner uses their hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process; however, direct touch is not necessary. Therapeutic touch aims to direct the flow of energy to aid with physical and emotional well-being.

In our wellness centre, our licensed volunteer hair stylists provide a wash, cut and hairstyle. Our licensed volunteer estheticians provide services such as manicures and pedicures.

To learn more and register for a wellness program, please contact:

Amanda Laframboise
Supportive Care Administrative Assistant
Phone: 519-931-3474
Email: caring@sjhospicelondon.com