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In This Edition July: My sunscreen is packed and I get to say Bello's name.   In this month’s edition of The Journey Journals you will learn about the Muddy Paws Wine Festival taking place on July 11 & 12 at Featherstone Winery and Vineland Estates Winery in Vineland, Ontario.  

   There is no doubt that a person’s pet is a part of their family, and is profoundly affected by the passing of its owner. Social media is full of stories and photos of pets mourning at their owner’s funerals, as in the case of the RCMP Officer killed in Moncton, or of Corporal Nathan Cirello’s dogs waiting for him as if they knew or sensed that he was not coming home.  And few will forget the much publicized photo of a dog lying on his owner’s gravestone.   

    The Bello Project cares for the pet of a terminally ill pet owner to preserve their bond of love which is so needed during that time of their life. Home Hospice Association and The Bello Project are excited, proud and grateful to be the designated charity of choice for this sold-out annual event!  Wine and dogs is a great combination that celebrates many things, including Bello’s legacy.  So why not come down to wine country, enjoy some of our country’s best wines and spend an enjoyable time at the festival with your pooch.  And of course, please don’t forget to drop by our Pawcasso’s Studio activity booth and say a big hello!

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In This Edition August: Dying does not take a summer holiday - this is why our dedicated Home Hospice family works throughout the year.  Whether it is a Board member participating in goal setting for their Chapter, an event volunteer spreading the good word about our organization, or a Compassionate Caregiver holding the hand of someone taking their last breath, Home Hospice Association in your community never takes a holiday.  In this month’s edition of The Journey Journals you will read firsthand about all of the great work happening in our chapters.

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In This Edition September: Where does the time go? In this month’s edition of “The Journey Journals” you will journey with Home Hospice Association through the past year.  What began as a conversation among three people has grown into a national cause and movement to ensure that wherever someone lays their head we can make a palliative bed.  Our journey has included many ups and downs, laughter, and tears.  We have asked ourselves many times “What on earth have we gotten ourselves into?”  However, nothing this important happens without a full range of emotions and experiences.  When the challenges were the greatest, our resolve was the strongest.  When the hour was the darkest, we focused on the smallest glimmer of light.  We invite you to celebrate this review of the past year with us.  What started as a conversation among three people is now changing and improving the way that we die. Please join us as part of our village.  

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In This Edition October: A Loss is a Loss is a Loss:  We (well most of us) work very hard to live a life of “no judgement”.  There is a great saying:  “In order to walk in someone else’s shoes you first must first take off your own”. In this edition of The Journey Journals we will explore how to live by an organizational culture that is defined by the concept that a loss is a loss is a loss.  Working in our culture of end of life care means we recognize the uniqueness of grief, much like our own fingerprint.  No one of us will grieve in the same way.  October is Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness month, and a time to honour those grieving a loved one they may never have met.  Please take a moment of reflection and silence on October 15 (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day), or join one of our vigil events in a Home Hospice Association Chapter near you.   

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In This Edition November: The Moonlit Memory Walk is Home Hospice Association’s major annual event.  On October 1, 2020 xxx of us came together across 6 communities to remember our loved ones and to raise money needed in order to provide programs and services for the dying in our communities, and for those who love them.   We are so excited to announce that this year’s event raised…. In each month’s edition of The Journey Journals we are going to reflect upon our Moonlit Memory Walk event and present some of the many highlights!  “Remember that they lived; not how they died” reminds us that we can be impacted by loss in many ways, and that even those lives that may not have existed outside the womb deserve tribute.  The community of Ottawa focused their event on acknowledging the important role pets play in our lives and how the loss of a pet can be as devastating as losing a human family member.  We say a very special thank you to our National Organizing Committee and the Community Teams that brought all of the great ideas and efforts to life for our friends, family and coworkers.  Most importantly we think of those who we honoured and memorialized at the walk.  Each person lived on in the stories that were told, the photos that we saw and the memories that we shared together.  Circle your calendars for xxxx 2021, plans are already underway for next year’s Moonlit Memory Walk!

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In This Edition December: Gratitude for the air we breathe, for the desire instilled in us to “change the way we die”; no expression of gratitude is too big or too small.  In this edition of The Journey Journals we take time to reflect upon how gratitude manifests at different times and in different ways for each of us.  Working with so many international students (thanks to our amazing relationship with Humber College) reminds me every single day not to take our freedom for granted.  As fall turns to winter and the new year approaches, the holiday spirit is felt all around us and the promise of new beginnings excites.   Thanks to our Comfort Food contest we uncovered some great festive recipes for every kind of celebration.  Our gift to you is an online version of our cookbook.

    Traditions are something we all can easily share and celebrate. In this issue we also learn a bit more about our Home Hospice Association family and some of the traditions that are most meaningful to them. 

    And finally I share a story with you about the lessons my dad taught me about giving.  May this season bring to you and all those you hold dear every magical experience that you so richly deserve.

Great Things are Happening!

Next Events In Your Community:

 

Hamilton Halton

October 1: Moonlit Memory Walk

HHA National Office

May 22: Death Doula Training  Weekend

May 22:  Infant & Pregnancy Los Training Weekend

October 1: Moonlit Memory Walk

November 27: Death Doula Training  Weekend

November 27: Infant & Pregnancy Los Training Weekend

Greater Toronto Area

February 20: Downtown Toronto Death Cafe

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

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

October 1: Moonlit Memory Walk

National Capital Region

October 1: Moonlit Memory Walk

June 16: Ottawa LGBTQ Death Cafe

April 6: Ottawa Pet Lover's Death Cafe

Niagara

February 25: Niagara Region Death Café

October 1: Moonlit Memory Walk

Waterloo

February 19: Guelph Death Cafe

March 9: Cambridge Death Cafe

October 1: Moonlit Memory Walk

October 24: Many Faces of Compassion

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

April we salute our volunteers without whom nothing is possible

Across our  communities in the month of March great things have been happening!   HHA Death Cafes are growing by the day.  New communities, new facilitators and great new partnerships such as the one with Ottawa Public Library.  Together we are normalizing death and proving that talking about death won't kill you!

Across our Communities in the Month of May great things have been happening! We are pleased and excited to present our first HOPP (Helping our Precious Pediatrics) Family Day in Hamilton.  Congratulations to Terri Viola-Wilson and her team for organizing such a great first event! 

In August:Across our communities in the month of July great things have been Happening! Once again The Bello Project and Home Hospice Association were the charity of choice for Muddy Paws.  We continue to feel so grateful to Featherstone Winery, Vineland Estates and Indigo Pet Photography for their support.

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In September: Across our communities in the month of August great tings have been happening! Still have to decide what to feature - Summer Vacation Mug shots?

In NovemAcross our communities in the month of October great things have been Happening! Thanks to our students of Global Business Management at Humber College we were able to host our first Candlelight Vigils across our communities and participate in the annual Wave of Light to honour the 1 in 4 pregnancies that end in loss each year.

In October: October Commemorates our Annual Moonlit Memory Walk 

In December: Across our communities in the month of November great things have been Happening! 2020 Giving Tuesday was our best year ever.  This year we increased our donations by x%.  And there is still time to donate.  Learn More About Where Your Money Goes

Care of others begins with care of self
Congratulations and thank you for your Compassion for caring for the dying in your community and those who love them (including their pets)
Care of others begins with care of self
Care of others begins with care of self
We all have our "why"
Here is Sue's

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Congratulations and thank you for your Compassion for caring for the dying in your community and those who love them (including their pets)
Care of others begins with care of self
Meet
Susan Dawson

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

Thank you for being part of our village!  (to go at the top of this complete section)

TFO Covers HHA Death Doula Training

Click here to watch the documentary

Care of others begins with care of self
We all have our "why" Here is Glen's
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We all have our "why"
Here is Izabella's
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Eileen Laffey aug 

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Kayla Moryoussef realized in her second year of college that death education was the change she wished to be (known for) Read More in September

(May) We are able to offer Death Cafes and CANDY Cafes as a public outreach project thanks to the many community partners who ensure costs do not prevent us from running and welcoming every member of our communities.  Whether it the donation of space, refreshments or marketing support, they are responsible for our ability to prove that “talking about death won’t kill you”.

April) For three years The Bello Project has been the recipients of funds from Muddy Paws Wine Festival.  Featherstone Winery, Indigo Pet Photography, Vineland Estates and many community businesses come together to create a fantastic day and generate necessary funds to help care for the pets of terminally ill pet owners.

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Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

Did you know...

  • 2020 Marks year three that The Bello Project has been the charity of choice for Muddy Paws Wine Festival

  • The Halton Catholic School Board has endorsed CANDY Cafe, which means we are able to continue our mission to create awareness and normalize death for youth.

  • We have established our first partnership with a Hospice?  Hospice Orriela is now a proud partner offer Our Babies, Our Grief to grieving parents in their communty.

Could add one article and line to a blog here or a "For Immediate Release

(jUNE) Scholarship Fund / program - 

(July) Putting Creativity to Work and Finding Healing Along the way.  Such kindness helps to raise important funds for our many programs.   Fundraising Projects on our behalf are important because they allow for us to draw our circle of donations so much wider.  Read the wonderful story of how these beautiful bracelets came to be and how they have been helping to heal a broken heart. Have an idea for a fundraising project?  Click Here

 

August

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Care of others begins with care of self
Care of others begins with care of self
Care of others begins with care of self
Care of others begins with care of self
Care of others begins with care of self

For Anyone ~ Of Any Age ~ At  Any Time  ~  Under Any Roof

...Yesterday ~ Today ~ Tomorrow

It was February and it was Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities.  Home Hospice Association welcomed our first Charity Partner.  Our work was to bring an Adult Day Hospice to their community of clients with a life limiting illness.

It was July 2018 and we were teaming with excitement!  CBC Radio had just emailed and upon learning about our upcoming Death Café they wanted to be part of it; attend; learn and listen.  This Death Café was extra special because it was our first café geared to a specific target audience.  It was our first LBGTQ2+ Death Café.  Corrine Alstrom (HHA Death Doula Candidate) was our host and Glad Day Book Shop our host venue.  There was some trepidation as to whether or not our participants would welcome CBC and to meet our goal of “safe space” we set them up at the very back of the room and invited people to chose the CBC table if they were comfortable.  Many amazing things happened that night  Firstly the Death Café was our largest to date.  We had over 60 people in attendance.  The CBC table was more popular than we could have anticipated.  People not only wanted to talk, but wanted to be heard. We are so thankful to Corrine for having the vision to suggest this event; geared to a specific audience.  We continue to run our LBGTQ2+ Death Cafés and they remain our most well attended.

It was August and it was Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities.  Home Hospice Association welcomed our first Charity Partner.  Our work was to bring an Adult Day Hospice to their community of clients with a life limiting illness.

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It was October 2018 and it was two days before our Moonlit Memory Walk, Anne Anderson, our "carrot and our stick" in passion and focus died.  Back in 2017 and two hours after a radiation treatment she joined in grocery shopping for our Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Trainings; while on a winery tour with her sister, she came back to Toronto to attend a government meeting.  These are just two of the many memories our volunteers share about Anne and how in the face of death nothing was more important to her than our mission and vision. She pushed us, it was hard to not step up when she was so sick and would not rest... until rest was no longer an option. 

It was November 2017 and it was Niagara Falls.  Three brave souls became the very first to complete HHA’s Death Doula Training weekend.  We had not intended on creating a death doula training program.  While the foundation of Hospice at Home is the pivotal role a Death Doula play in the goal of a “good death”, we sought to build a partnership to deliver the training.  When it became evident that a quality, highly interactive and engaging training was necessary; one that was uniquely Canadian we stepped up to the challenge.  It was a powerful weekend and while physically and emotionally exhausted on Sunday night, we knew we had a “winner”.  The training has evolved and our attendance grown significantly.  A chance opportunity to have TFO (Television Francophone Ontario) film our training added an important and powerful new element.  We are so proud of our training and even more proud of 100 plus people we have trained since.  Together we are caring when cure is no longer possible.

It was December 2014 and a crazy idea was born.  How about making cupcake ornaments to sell at a craft show to raise money for HHA?  As we had just started our charitable registration efforts, traditional holiday appeal letters would not work because we could not issue a tax receipt.  So Christmas Craft Show… there is an idea!  We started by using spray foam as the base of the cupcake and drywall compound for the icing.  As you can imagine they weighed a small ton and certainly did not look very “appealing”.  Out came the glitter (I think I still have it in my home even though I have moved since), paint, mini Christmas decorations.  We made about seven dozen.  To our surprise we did sell some!  What did we do with the leftovers?  Well the following year we did a photos with Santa pet event and we decorated the tree beside “Santa” with all our cupcake ornaments.  People were invited to help themselves to an ornament after they had the photo taken.  They were thrilled, we used up all remaining ornaments and we have moved on to more successful fundraising activities since.

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