How We Ensure You and Those You Love

Will Never Have to Walk the Journey Alone

The grief journey lasts a lifetime and begins with the first loss we experience. When most think of grief they think of what they will endure when their loved one is no longer alive. 
Rarely do we even consider the grief journey someone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness is traveling. Another day provides support to everyone affected by that life limiting illness from the moment that their world has been turned upside down.

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Our Virtual Open Support Forum for Veterinary Professionals provides a safe, non-judgmental online space for Veterinary Professionals (Registered Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants) to talk about the impact the challenges faced in this fast-paced and stressful work environment has on their life and wellbeing with others who understand.  This 90-minute virtual session woffers an opportunity to debrief, share ideas and support each other.  Learn More

The Bello Project journeys with the pet along the path of their loved one’s life-limiting illness to maintain the unshakeable bond between pet and pet-owner until death occurs. Why is this important?  If the pet can see the changes in their owner they will be more accepting of the death. Keeping this companionship together maintains a source of unconditional love they both need.

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For many people, pets are considered as an integral part of their family, and their relationship with their pet is different than with their human family. An HHA Death Café for Pet Lovers builds on the international social movement of Death Cafes.  Originated in the UK in 2010, the goal of a Death Café is to encourage conversation about the one reality we all share but a topic few wish to talk about.

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How many hats would you need to wear if you were caring for a friend of family member walking the journey of a life-threatening illness?  Statistics tell us that for every person living with a life-threatening illness, there are at least five other people intimately affected. The oxygen mask theory reminds us that we cannot take care of others unless we find some time to take care of ourselves. Whether it is help in the home, help dealing with an endless schedule of medical appointments or help by always be "up" "positive" "motivated"; caring for others is exhausting! Home Hospice Association is there.  

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Within the Compassionate Caregiving Program is  Many Faces of Compassion ~  a workshop series designed to grow more compassionate communities through the exploration of empathy.  The goal of Many Faces of Compassion is to bring all caregivers together,  providing the knowledge and empowerment to approach each day with the thought that care for others truly begins with care of self.   Learn More

It seems to be a never ending series of appointments, treatments and caregivers flowing in and out of one’s home. The illness takes over; it becomes a way of life; it becomes a new identity. Whether it is the person walking the journey of a life limiting illness or their family, the whole situation is exhausting!  Experiential Day Hospice is a wonderful way to connect with others who may be walking a similar journey.

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HOPP journeys with a family, along the path of their child's life limiting illness to maintain a sense of normalcy as much as is possible by providing “edutainment” experiences as well as all manners of care along the entire illness journey. Why is this important?  Regardless of the prognosis, a child's curiosity, desire for accomplishment and sense of enjoyment remains. Also ever present is the family's need to share in bonding experiences.

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Hospice at Home provides every community with a solution to the challenge of building an institutionalized infrastructure that is often cost prohibitive to build while addressing a key question on everyone’s mind: Would I / Will I / Do I have adequate support to be able to die at home? Ensuring adequate infrastructure exists, to support a family in their desire to honour their loved ones’ wishes, means building a 24 hour end of life care model for a patient who is in their last 30 to 45 days of life. 

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It is something that no parent-to-be wants to hear…”we can’t find a heartbeat”. The mind goes numb, the body is shocked and the heart is broken. How do you begin to navigate this devastating journey of delivering and saying goodbye when all you have been thinking of is saying hello? Pre and Perinatal Hospice is a program, unique to Home Hospice Association, that fills a gap in care as it is the only program that supports people through the loss, not just after the loss.

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Within the Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program is Our Babies, Our Grief ~  a six week progressive healing group.  The goal of Our Babies Our Grief is to bring parents together,  providing the freedom for them to tap into their own wisdom, learn from each other and explore their grief with freedom and creativity.  Learn More

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