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In This Edition March: Compassion - is it a noun or a verb?  Is it who we are, or what we do?  When you “Google” the word for its definition, the consistent description is that compassion is a feeling.  A feeling, I suppose, is a thing, so if compassion is a feeling…then it is a noun.   Another definition for compassion, thanks to “Professor Google” states that compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another and themselves.   Whether it is a noun, verb or any other grammatical definition that makes grade school feel like a lifetime ago, there is no doubt that this edition of The Journey Journals shows how to live by showing that compassion.  

    Home Hospice Association volunteers are compassionate caregivers who go out of their way every day to ease the suffering for those for whom a cure is no longer possible.  Compassion is how we treat each other, treat our communities and treat our clients, and none of this happens without the dedication of each volunteer. 

   Self-compassion is also something that we continue to remind each other about - we all know the saying “you cannot drink from an empty cup”.  I look forward to you reading Taijah’s story (Taijah is one of our Humber College Co-op students), and how she found healing and compassion because of her volunteer work with Home Hospice Association.

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In This Edition April: 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 300 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 other.  Or as Mother Teresa said:  “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

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In This Edition May: Are we a team or are we a family?  This question stopped our Home Hospice Association Board members in their tracks at our Board strategic retreat last June.  It was fascinating to discover different peoples’ definitions of both of these terms. Why was this question important you might ask?  Who we are to each other is an important part of understanding our culture as an organization.  An “ah-ha moment” happened when we began to discuss the words “care” and “suffering”.  Understanding that at the core of what we do and who we want to be, are the caregivers who desire to help end the suffering so often experienced when faced with our own dying or the dying and death of someone who we love, meant the “label” did not matter…we simply need to remember.  I look forward to sharing how we live and who we are each day in this edition of the Journey Journals.  

    The care of others begins with care of self.  For Home Hospice Association, the term “self” means each one of us who share our mission and are on our shared journey.  We accept and value each other as members of a family that we have been “born into because of our passion”, and, like a team, we respect each other’s humanness and contribution to our shared mission.  It’s the perfect combination that results in us living our mission every day, while remembering how important care is, especially when a cure is no longer possible.

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In This Edition June: Leave it to Disney to create a love affair with a mouse in order to remind us, in the most heartwarming way, that we are all connected; we are all one.   If you have read our mission and vision statement, you may have noted our statement “culturally sensitive human connection is a hallmark of what we bring to a community”.  In this edition of The Journey Journals, we will explore and demonstrate what we mean by that statement.  Actually, for us it is more than a statement; it is a commitment.  Fulfilling that commitment begins with the awareness that when we are invited on the path of someone’s dying, we are a guest on their path.  As their guest, we are honour bound to understand what they need and how they wish to be respected.  We celebrate the cultural diversity of our Home Hospice Association “family”.

   We are also excited to share with you the great progress made this month, and as we are halfway through the year 2020, some of the milestones that we have achieved so far this year.  With great pride, we are releasing our new video entitled “The Dying Person’s Bill of Rights”.   We hope you enjoy the experience provided by this very special video and the interview with Dean Walter, its creator.   It is our hope that you will take inspiration and think more about how you can be a welcomed guest on the path of anyone who has invited you on their journey, whether it is their journey to living or journey to dying.  The greatest respect we can offer to another is to meet them wherever they are at!

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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

Across our communities in the month of February  Great Things have been Happening! Congratulations to the latest Candidates to complete our Death Doula Training weekend.  The first step in their journey to become a Certified Death Doula. 

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 grateful and honoured to be able to companion grieving parents through Our Babies, Our Grief Progressive Healing Group throughout our Chapters.  Thank you also to Hospice Orillia for partnering with HHA to draw this circle of care so much wider.  

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)
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It's Dan Steinwald's love for his late wife Diana that inspires him to "Be the Change" and lead The Diana Pathway Pilot Project
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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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Zoomer Television
addresses
The Final Taboo
with HHA
in Conversation

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)

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TFO Covers HHA Death Doula Training

Click here to watch the documentary

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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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for October
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Meet
Eileen Laffey aug 

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Meet
Wait for more MM's nov

read more blog not live yet March 16

CBC Radio attends our LBGTQ2S Death Cafe

Click here to listen in

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”.

(March) Micro-Donations are an excellent way for businesses of any size to support a charitable organization.  We are so thankful to the businesses of Ottawa for launching our own Micro-Donation Campaign.  These two dedicated and passionate entrepreneurs are responsible for our newest campaign.  Thank you for showing us how a $100.00 donation can do so much for our charity and offer such benefit to the business community.  

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

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

 

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