In This Month's Edition
During these unprecedented and difficult days dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic the reality of our mortality becomes more evident, and many of us start to think about how we will be remembered after our deaths. It is natural to want to leave a legacy behind to help keep our memories alive, and to know that what we have accomplished in our lifetime has made a difference for others. Recognizing the importance of leaving a legacy, we are pleased to share with you some ideas for Legacy Building Projects - feel free to bookmark and check back often for updates.
The answer to what it means to leave a legacy is as individual as each of our fingerprints. For some of us our goal for a legacy may be as huge as to move a mountain, for others it may be enough to climb a mountain, or it may be simply to know how to not make mountains out of molehills. No legacy is too large or too small.
In this edition of The Journey Journals we are celebrating the legacy that is being created every day thanks to the more than 200 Home Hospice Association volunteers. Each dedicated volunteer works to help ease the suffering and to offer care to those for whom a cure is no longer possible. No act of volunteerism is too small, and each builds upon the legacy left by others.
Great Things are Still Happening
During this time when in person activities and events are cancelled in order to keep people safe, we are looking at innovative ways to continue our work and stay in touch with those in our communities.
National Capital Region virtual event: To celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation week our National Capital Region Chapter held an online “Grab Your Mug and Join Us” meet and greet with their chapter volunteers on Friday, April 24.
Ottawa Public Library Virtual Death Cafe: On April 27, 2020 we welcomed 10 participants to our first virtual Death Café event hosted by Ottawa Public Library.
Death Doulas online and on the phone: On behalf of our Death Doula Candidates we are developing online resources and launching a virtual Death Plan process in order to help them gain practical experience at a time when they are not able to sit bedside. If you would like the opportunity to gain this experience or help others to do so, please Click Here
Peer Support Volunteer Training Launch: We are so excited to announce that our Peer Support Volunteer Training is now live. For those who are interested in providing grief support you will be guided through this process. Click Here to learn more and register
Are you a Member of an HHA Team and have an idea for a virtual event.
Click Here to complete the Event Registration Form
Care of others begins with care of self
Be extra gentle (with yourself) today
Right now we may feel powerless in our desire to care for others, so now is the time to be extra gentle with yourself so that when we are back "in the field" we are even more ready than we were before!
Many Faces of Compassion
"Walking in each other's shoes"
Many Faces of Compassion is a one-day educational event aiming to provide valuable information and resources for volunteer, family and professional caregivers supporting someone with a life-threatening illness.
Saturday October 24, 2020
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Cambridge
Your expertise matters: Now recruiting participants for all of the day's guest experiences. If you offer resources or solutions for caregivers we invite you to have a table display. Perhaps you would like to host an activity room or facilitate a workshop. Let’s work together to find a way for you to offer your expertise to our audience.
Volunteering might be good for body and mind? Harvard Medical Journal tells us what most already knew... Volunteering is A totally free, life-changing and transformative solution!
Volunteers transform HHA every day!
Celebrating HHA's Amazing Volunteers
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Home Hospice Association, and their dedication, knowledge and skills allow us to provide help to those in need in our communities. Please join with us as we salute and thank our volunteers this month (Volunteer Appreciation week was April 19-25), as they work hard to ensure that care is there when a cure is not possible.
We all have our "why"
What is Kaylas?
"ONLY A LIFE LIVED FOR OTHERS IS A LIFE WORTH LIVING."
Did You Know: When you google "Funeral Director" images, our own Co-Founder Glen Burkholder's picture comes up most often
Did You Know: Our Volunteers also help raise necessary funds for the work we do?
Hamilton Halton Chapter Champion Terri Viola- Wilson overcame her fear of getting a tattoo in order to support our “Inked in Memory” Fundraising Event.
A team of interns from Humber College gave a new spin to Giving Tuesday when they introduced Kernel Compassion and sold popcorn at their Lakeshore Campus.
Our Volunteers not only make our Moonlit Memory Walk happen, but they also make it our biggest fundraising event of the year. We often feel stigmatized in our grief - people may ask "When are they going to get over it?", or may say "It was only a dog" or “They were not very far along in the pregnancy." The Moonlit Memory Walk creates a safe space for all of us to honour and acknowledge our individual and unique grief. Within that grief we can help find purpose by seeking In Memoriam donations in the name of our loved one in order to ensure that care is there when cure is no longer possible. This gift of care should be available for all. By supporting the Moonlit Memory Walk, we can help pay that gift forward - especially for those who may be on our walk next year in memory of a loss that we support them through this year.
Moonlit Memory Walk Website
...Yesterday ~ Today ~ Tomorrow
It was April 2015, and we sent Glen for the “Starbucks Run”. It was unusual for him to be the designated person to rhyme out our usual coffee orders. Standing in line, Glen remembers that he could feel someone staring at him. He turned around, saw two people sitting at table and the woman was staring at him quite intently. A coincidence, likely, so he turned back around. Not only did the feeling of being watched continue, but he overheard the woman say, “I’m pretty sure that is him”. Before he knew it, he was being called to … “Are you Glen Burkholder? I’m Sue Parrent!”
Glen and Sue grew up as neighbours and had not seen each other for over 25 years. This chance reunion conversation sparked an idea that became Home Hospice Association’s Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Training Program. Sue led our team through the creation and launch of Canada’s first IPLD training course. Today not only do they both co-facilitate the training weekend but are highly sought after by funeral professionals wanting to do a better job caring for families at such a devasting time!
An hour spent TODAY on a Home Hospice Association Project:
2.Provides a wonderful sense of contribution
3.Doesn’t require you to get out of your PJ's unless you want to!
We have a number of projects that can be worked on, collaborated on, and completed at home. These projects offer unique opportunities to grow skills, add to professional portfolios and learn new talents along the way.
Will we see you at the top? The strength of our leadership is the litmus test for the breadth and depth of our work. We are looking for people to join our Chapter Leadership Boards. Make a difference in your community and the national community of hospice care. Click Here for more information and join us today!