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Home Hospice Association

Eastern Ontario Chapter

We believe in exploring and respecting choices and are committed to providing those facing death and their loved ones a supportive, compassionate environment throughout illness, death, and bereavement. As a pillar in communities throughout Eastern Ontario, our vision is to engage with and enrich peoples’ lives.

With a focus on dignity, compassion, and culturally sensitive human connection, Home Hospice Association empowers communities to help people die wherever they call home. 

Eastern Ontario Chapter Directors, Officers & Local Leadership

Our Board meets the 3rd Thursday of every month.

If you’re passionate about wanting to provide equitable access to quality end-of-life care in our community and would like to join our Chapter Board or Become a Chapter Board Member, we’d love to hear from you! Email and we’ll follow up with you.

It Takes a Village: Thank you to our Chapter Partners!

If your agency or organization serves clients or patients nearing the end of life, we can help you make care for these people and their loved ones even more accessible and holistic. Visit our community partnerships page to learn how we work with our agency partners to increase access to compassionate end-of-life care across Canada. 


Be part of our future and partner with our Chapter today! 

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How We Help

Metis Nation of Ontario

Home Hospice Association has partnered with the MNO to support the development of end-of-life education, services and support systems for its citizens. From the customization of our Compassionate Caregiving online training to the mobilization of Death Doulas, we’re committed to meeting the cultural, social and spiritual needs of the MNO in collaboration with their existing staff and front-line workers. We began working with the MNO in March with a three-day Compassionate Caregiving and Death Awareness Workshop at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Toronto (see photos here!), and will continue to work with their 37 communities to develop and implement care for their members facing death and those who love and care for them.

HHA Death Doulas at Work
Death Doula Mentorship

Given that the Death Doula community is such a vital part of how we can effectively mobilize compassionate end-of-life care, supporting the on-going mentorship and training of HHA Death Doulas and Candidates in Eastern Ontario is one of our Chapter’s key priorities. If you are an HHA Death or Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula / Candidate be sure to check out our Doula Social & Training Calendar of events. And if you're interested in Becoming a Death Doula or Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula, check out our Certificate Programs and upcoming training dates.

The Bello Project

Our Chapter is committed to keeping pets and their owners together when the owner is facing death with HHA's Bello Project. Thanks to our partners at the Cedarview Animal Hospital, we have been raising money to support the growth of The Bello Project through the recruitment of volunteers willing to help in front-line care while we establish agency partnerships for long-term program sustainability.

We also greatly appreciate the support of Google and their “Googler Doodler Days”, which helps us raise money with our PAWcasso’s Studio pop-up event. Our community partner St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and The Blessing of the Animals also offers our community a special opportunity to honour the human-animal bond.

Our Babies, Our Grief

Through HHA’s Our Babies, Our Grief progressive healing group model, our trained Chapter leaders support those who have experienced Pregnancy and Infant Loss - whether the loss occurred days ago or decades ago.
Our Babies, Our Grief 6-week progressive healing group is facilitated by our Chapter's Carole Brule, Jen Gillian and Jen Thomspon, and is being offered in-person in Almonte as well as online.

Leadership member, Carole Brule, is also involved in testing a new version of Our Babies, Our Grief, for those who experienced a loss many years or even decades ago.

Death Education

Community Workshops & Presentations

We provide our community outreach and education workshops and presentations free of charge for organizations across the Ottawa area, thanks to local partners, such as Chartwell Residences (New Edinburgh).
Learn more about our community workshops and presentations and how you can invite us to your organization! 

In-Person Death Cafes

HHA’s Death Cafes are an important part of our Death Education programming because of how they help to normalize death through open and honest conversation. Our Chapter is proud to offer our Death Cafes at the Ottawa Public Library.

If you would like to become a host partner for an HHA Death Cafe in the Ottawa area, we’d love to hear from you!

Online Death Cafes

At HHA, we strive to normalize death and talking about dying, death and grief, because a culture that silences these conversations and tries to ignore the reality that we’ll all die one day inevitably creates societies where people can’t get the support they need when they or a loved one is facing death.

We offer online general and community-specific (e.g. Caregivers, BIPOC, Parents & Guardians, 2SLGBTQ+, etc.) Death Cafés so that people can meet to explore their relationships with dying, death and grief. As we grapple with what life looks like today, having a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about difficult subjects is so important and can have a significant impact both on how we live and how we die.


HHA Moonlit Memory Walk
Moonlit Memory Walk

HHA’s annual Moonlit Memory Walk fundraiser helps us raise awareness for the amazing work we’re doing in our Chapter. Plus, the funds collected from this event stay in our community, helping to improve compassionate end-of-life care and support right here in Eastern Ontario! 


This year, it's happening on October 17, 2024, at Capital Cemetary in Ottawa. Visit our page on the Moonlit Memory Walk website to learn more, and a special thank you to Arbour Memorial/Capital Cemetary for hosting our walk this year! 


We hope to see you there! And if you're interested in helping to plan this event in your community or volunteering on-site during the event, check out our Moonlit Memory Walk volunteer opportunities


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HHA Moonlit Memory Walk
Giving Tuesday "Cards 4 Care"

Home Hospice Association proudly participates in Giving Tuesday’s mission “to create a world where giving is part of everyday life.” As part of this fundraiser, we’re collecting “Cards 4 Care” from individuals and businesses in our community - gift card donations for restaurants, shops, and other products or services in the amount of $25, $50, $100 (or more).

Visit our Giving Tuesday Fundraiser page to see how you can donate a "card 4 care". 

Together we can increase access to holistic care, personalized support, and practical resources for people facing death in our community and those who love them.

Get Involved

Prison Hospice Pilot

Our Chapter actively participates in the National Board's Pilot Project group working on how to provide equitable access to end-of-life care within both the national and provincial prison system.

We're looking for dedicated individuals who believe that we all deserve dignity and compassion at the end of our lives to help us with our new Prison Hospice Pilot Project. The goal of this project is to build and mobilize a complete care offering that addresses the dying, death and grief needs of the incarcerated population, those paroled, and those who love and/or care for them.

We’re specifically looking for people who have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Project management and Team engagement

  • Social work or Social services work

  • End-of-life care, Death Doulas

  • Marketing and/or Fundraising

  • Experience working with the prison population and/or their families

If you’re interested in joining our Project Working Team, please fill out our Volunteer Application and specify “Prison Hospice Pilot” on the form.

Compassionate Caregiving Volunteers

Compassionate care requires compassionate volunteers. We continue to be committed to ensuring that we have a growing and vibrant community of compassionate caregivers to support the front-line care work needed across our Chapter. Having enough volunteers also allows us to establish new programs in our Chapter and support even more members of our communities.
If you’re interested in becoming a Compassionate Care Volunteer in Eastern Ontario, please reach out to us about taking our
Compassionate Caregiving Training. Join our team and help build the capacity of this Chapter!

How We Help
Death Ed
Get Involved

Check out our Chapter's events on HHA's Upcoming Events page!

Help us be there when you or someone you love needs us most!


Your donations help us grow our Chapter's capacity to  support anyone who is facing death in our community with compassionate, culturally sensitive end-of-life care.

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