Home Hospice Association was founded in 2014 by Tracy Robertson, Jeanne O’Kell, and Glen Burkholder when they realized that the terminally ill lacked the resources needed to die on their terms.
Western medicine aims to prevent disease and during dying, to prevent suffering. Too often, Canadian hospitals and doctors view death and the end of life journey as a medical event without a cure. Even if an individual is provided palliative care, it isn’t sensitive to cultural, spiritual, or financial needs. Also, that care doesn’t serve the dying and their family through every stage of the end-of-life journey.
Home Hospice Association was created to fill this gap. Our unique approach offers services, support, and compassion to those who need it most. We also take steps to support families and ensure they are present and able to grieve without guilt and fear of not fulfilling the dying person’s wishes.
Since 2019, Home Hospice Association has partnered with numerous agencies and municipalities and has served over 500 clients throughout the province. Through these agencies, we provide a myriad of services to underserved communities.
Trained professionals conduct our programs, and they understand the unique challenges, fears, and uncertainties of death. Some of our programs include Hospice at Home, Canada’s only pre and peri-natal hospice support, and grief programs aimed at normalizing death for children, teens, and adults.
As we look to the future, we want to lead the Death Doula movement and make Death Doulas an integral part of the end-of-life journey. With no financial burden to the family or health care system, Death Doulas ease emotional pain and suffering.