Home Hospice Yesterday…Today…Tomorrow
Our mission and vision was ignited by two questions: If 69% of people living in Canada wanted to die, where they called home, why can't they? If 84% of us had no access to quality end of life care, what were we going to do about it?
The evolution of our HHA Logo from a sketch on a pizza box
The Colours of the HHA Logo
Green – Colour of growth and rebirth
Burgundy – International colour of hospice
Purple – International colour of mourning
Mustard – Symbolizing the strength and power of something that may appear so small
HHA was incorporated in September 2014 and achieved Charitable Status in April 2016
Who we are
Family First. A family of vision … Most importantly we never forget the people we serve and fully understand that the needs of our dying community, and those who love them, will always be the only priority that matters.
Why what we do matters
No one should die alone or in distress. Regardless of the advances in medical science and research, for many there will be no cure. While there are untold numbers of resources for the journey of birth at the beginning of life, care for the journey at end of life (especially in Canada) barely exists. We matter because we mobilize hospice palliative care more cost effectively and expediently than if a community were to try and do so in isolation.
Some of the things we are most proud of
HHA Death Cafes have started important conversations about death and dying with more than 1000 participants; our LGBTTIQQ2S Death Cafes (usually hosted at Glad Day Book Shop) are the highest attended.
Our Compassionate Caregiving online training has allowed us to train and mobilize more than 500 volunteers, including Personal Support Worker Students from Georgian College, who wish to companion the dying members of their community.
We are leading the field in the training and development of the Death Doula movement. In the GTA alone we have trained over 40 Death Doulas and have formed a working relationship with Hospice Toronto to ensure their clients can receive the specialized care that a Death Doula provides
We have pioneered the training of Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doulas to help those in this large and greatly under-served community. One in four pregnancies end in loss, and most suffer the news “we cannot detect a heartbeat” and the subsequent delivery alone.
We have built leadership teams and agency partnerships across the province, all working in collaboration within their communities and in support of each other to fill the greatest gaps
Why your support matters
Home Hospice Association is not funded through any health care dollars in any province. We are only able to meet our goal of establishing 43 new chapters each year through the generosity of those individuals and businesses who believe that; as the Dalia Lama explains it:
“As newborn babies each of us was helpless and, without the care and kindness we received then, we would not have survived. Because the dying are also unable to help themselves, we should relieve them of discomfort and anxiety and assist them, as far as we can, to die with composure.”
For many there will be a cure; more many more there will not. Those who are at the most vulnerable time in their lives deserve our support.
What We Do... Care when cure is no longer possible
Home Hospice Association empowers communities to help people die wherever they call home. Dignity, compassion, and culturally sensitive human connection are the hallmarks of what Home Hospice care.
Home Hospice Association has always imagined community success to be the day when a local landscaper walks up the pathway to the home of a terminal member of their community ready to volunteer a few hours tending to the gardens this person has loved for so long. On the pathway the landscaper meets up with an employee of one of the local banking institutions. She and her sixteen year old son have just returned the family dog from a long walk. As they greet each other they comment warmly on how great the family birthday party looked, organized by three employees of the local bakery.
Such a vision defines hospice caregiving in a much different way. It does not minimize the significance of vigil sitting, peer grief support and helping the family deal with an imminent death but rather suggests that, as each member of a community seeks opportunity to help their (fellow) dying members, those comfortable with the perceived roles of hospice caregiving can do what they do best.
Living to our Value of Collaboration:
Grow our partnerships with charities also committed to the belief that we must take a village approach to supporting one another along the journey of a terminal illness.