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Home Hospice Association

Niagara Chapter

Our mission is to ensure that anyone facing death and their loved ones have equitable access to quality end-of-life care and support. By working with our agency partners and volunteers within the Niagara region, we’re able to mobilize hospice palliative care cost effectively and expediently, continuously drawing the circle of care wider.


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

Niagara Chapter Directors, Officers & Local Leadership

This chapter is still looking for a Chapter Champion – learn more and apply today!

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 volunteer@homehospiceassociation.org 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

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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.

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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 the Niagara region 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.


If you're interested in Becoming a Death Doula or Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula, check out our Certificate Programs and upcoming training dates.

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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 Chapter's Gabrielle Lahaie hosts an in-person six-week progressive healing group in Niagara Falls (fall dates and location coming soon).


Our Babies, Our Grief is also offered online as both a six-week progressive healing group and monthly virtual drop-in.

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The Diana Pathway

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) became legal in Canada in June 2016, but it remains a controversial, complex and deeply personal issue. At HHA, we feel strongly that people have the right to accessible and accurate information and the care they need when they’re facing death, which is why we're proud to be leading the way in holistic education and support for MAiD through our Diana Pathway program. Learn more about the Diana Pathway, our MAiD Death Doula training, and our MAiD Death Cafes, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!

Death Education

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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. We're proud to partner with Eventide Long Term Care, our Host Partner for our Death Cafes.


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

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Professional Caregiver Community

Our Chapter supports Niagara's professional caregiver community - the "Forgotten Responders" who take over from where First Responders leave off. For example, through education and support, such as our “When Labour Leads to Loss” workshop, we train funeral professionals how to care for those who have experienced pregnancy of infant loss.

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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.

Fundraising

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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 the Niagara region! 

 

We are still looking for members of the community to work with our National Planning Team to bring this event to our community on October 17, 2024.


Are you a business or venue interested in being  our Walk Host Partner this year? Please visit our Host a Walk page and get in touch with us!

 

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

 

Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all things Moonlit Memory Walk!   

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The Bello Project & PAWcasso's Studio

Our Chapter is committed to keeping pets and their owners together when the owner is facing death with HHA's Bello Project program. Thanks to great partners, such as Google and their “Googler Doodler Days”, we also raise money for the Bello Project with our PAWcasso’s Studio fundraising pop-up event. 

Get Involved

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Compassionate Caregiving 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 the Niagara region, please reach out to us about taking our Compassionate Caregiving Training.

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Prison Hospice Pilot Project Volunteers

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.

How We Help
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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!

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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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