Community & Supportive Care

St. Joseph’s Hospice offers a variety of Community & Supportive Care services that compassionately support the emotional, spiritual and social well-being of individuals and families experiencing a terminal illness or death of a loved one.

Hospice’s Programs and Services…

  • Respond to the individual needs of each person as they move through their unique palliative and grieving process.
  • Respect the dignity of each person as they address life’s meaning and purpose.
  • Encourage personal growth through participation.
  • Offer a place of comfort where hope can be restored under the guidance of empathetic staff and trained volunteers.
  • Are offered at no cost to the people we serve.

Services Offered

SUPPORT GROUPS — Support groups are formed around common experiences. They provide individuals with comfort through sharing experiences and discussing coping strategies. Programs include:

  • Caregiver Conversations
  • Exploring Grief
  • H.E.A.L. (Helping Each Other Acknowledge, Accept and Learn from Loss)
  • Learning to Thrive
  • Mindfulness for the Bereaved
  • Practicing Self-Compassion
  • Understanding Your Grief

Support Groups

COUNSELLING  — Person and family-centered counselling is provided by a Registered Psychotherapist, who is a specialist in supporting the bereaved, caregivers and those living with a terminal illness.


SPIRITUAL CARE — Spiritual support is available for people of any faith tradition, or no faith tradition. Finding hope and meaning throughout an end-of-life journey can bring peace. Spiritual companionship is offered by our Spiritual Care Practitioner and specially-trained volunteers.

WELLNESS PROGRAMS — Wellness programs provide opportunities to learn new life skills, while connecting with others. Programs include:

  • Connecting Through Cooking
  • Finances Made Simple
  • Guided Meditation
  • Step-by-Step Walking Group
  • Learning to Thrive

Wellness Programs

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES — Complementary therapies help individuals increase comfort, relieve pain, and improve quality of life. Services include:

  • Healing Touch
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Massage
  • Hair Care and Esthetics

VOLUNTEER VISITING — Living with a terminal illness can be an isolating experience and caring for someone can be challenging for a loved one. Our Volunteer Visiting Program provides companionship, comfort, and practical support for the person living with a terminal illness as well as respite care for their caregivers and family.

Trained, caring, and dedicated volunteers visit the person living with a terminal illness in their home or for outings in the community. Using a confidential and thorough intake process we ensure that you, or your loved one, is matched with a volunteer who can support your unique needs. Clients and their volunteers enjoy activities such as:

Companionship in the home:

  • Conversation
  • Reading
  • Watching movies
  • Legacy work (photo albums, videos, etc.)

Outings in the community:

  • Walks
  • Trips to appointments
  • Activities (coffee, shopping, etc.)

SOCIALS — Community clients, caregivers, and family members are invited to St. Joseph’s Hospice for three festive meals throughout the year complete with three-course meal, congregation, and music.

RESOURCES AND EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS — Written resources are available, and educational sessions are hosted, on a variety of topics related to grief and end of life.

MEMORIAL SERVICES — To honour and celebrate the life of your loved one, St. Joseph’s Hospice hosts memorial services twice a year.

For more information, please contact:

Janet Belchamber
Client Services Coordinator


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