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In This Month's Edition

I am so excited to write an article and blog post for this month’s issue of The Journey Journals.  My article is called “Love in a Brown Paper Bag”. Most days I am so “caught up” in the day to day operations of Home Hospice Association and the myriad of hats that I wear that I rarely take the time to sit down and write, though it is something that I love to do. 


What better month than “Heart Month” (the month of love), to take some time to do something that I love; a bit of self-care, if you will.  Care of others begins with care of self.  Respect for others begins with respect of self.  Love of others begins with love of self, and love of self means taking time to do things “for you”.  As you read about the great love that is being shared with and offered to our dying, it is my hope that you recognize yourself and your contribution to this powerful energy that helps to end suffering. 


As we know, care matters more than ever when cure is no longer possible.  Let’s celebrate your contribution towards the love and care that we provide to our dying and those who love them, and our gratitude to “you”.

Great Things are Happening!
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Across our Communities in the month of January  great things have been Happening! Congratulations to Dan Steinwald and his Leadership Team  in the Niagara Region for a successful Focus Group for The Diana Pathway.  

Next Events In Your Community:


Hamilton Halton

Stay tuned for more great events coming to our Chapter


HHA National Office

Stay tuned for more great events coming to our Chapter

Greater Toronto Area

March 21:  Death Cafe - for people with Chronic Pain/Illness

March 25: Do I Really Need a Death Doula?  Round Table

National Capital Region

April 6: Ottawa Pet Lover's Death Cafe


Stay tuned for more great events coming to our Chapter



March 9: Cambridge Death Cafe

And our Circle is Growing: To see what is coming up in the next few months

Visit our Current Events Page

A Member of an HHA Event Team and do not see your event?  Click Here to complete the Event Registration Form

It takes a village to offer care when cure is no longer possible

Thank you for being part of our village!  

Care of others begins with care of self
Pam Keetch

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Karen Black of Indigo Pet Photography has been a great supporter of The Bello Project since 2017.  It is thanks to her that we have been connected to and receive support from the Muddy Paws Wine Festival.  Karen produces a calendar each year called

The Winery Dogs of Ontario.  Support from this calendar helps us to preserve the human animal bond for our dying pet owners.   


Did you know...Our Death Cafes are growing!

  •  A partnership has been established with Ottawa Public Library to host death café events at various branch locations as part of their spring 2020 program offerings

  • We have a new partnership with Eventide to be the official host of our Niagara Falls Deaths Cafés

  • We will be holding our first Pet Lovers’ Death Café in April in Cambridge   

  • CANDY Cafes are being added to the teen program offerings at Niagara on the Lake Public Library

And In Other News...

  • The National Planning Team for the Moonlit Memory Walk met to start planning our 2020 Moonlit Memory Walk (October 1, 2020) 

  • Home Hospice Association has been invited as Key Note Presenters for the Palliative Education day with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and the Ontario Association of Funeral and Cemetery Professionals ~ both groups are excited to learn about our work in the Death Doula movement!

  • We have a new fundraising event planned... Inked In Memory will be a day of raising funds and awareness in our Hamilton Halton Chapter

Read the Article Love in  Brown Paper Bag in celebration of heart month!

For Anyone ~ Of Any Age ~ A t  Any Time  ~  Under Any Roof

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