Advance Care Planning Workshops

img_speakup_logo_enThe Terrace Hospice Society and the BC Centre for Palliative Care have partnered to present public workshops for Advance Care Planning (ACP).

These free public informational workshops will explain how to make an ACP and why it is so important to have one. This information along with resource materials will guide the participants into making their own individual Advance Care Plan. This simple approach can bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones as others will know what your wishes are even if you are not well enough to speak for yourself.Plan to join us at one of our free workshops to learn how you can plan for the future. We offer these monthly sessions at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Board Room.

September 28th, October 26th, November 30th, December 28th

Client Visiting Services      

A Coordinator supervises the Volunteers who visit our palliative care and bereavement clients. These services are provided in the person’s own home, the hospital or the palliative care room at Terraceview Lodge. The Coordinator recruits and supervises Volunteers. She/he accepts referrals, meets with clients and assigns the most appropriate Volunteer. The Coordinator also evaluates the client service delivery and reports to the Board of Directors.

Hospice services are accessible to all individuals with a chronic illness, deemed palliative and/or in need of grief support.  Referrals are accepted from various sources such as clients, professionals, community members, family, and friends. With our aging population, by 2026, the number of Canadians dying each year will increase by 40%. Most Canadians would prefer to die at home.  Hospice services support clients in this effort.

Hospice also offers respite for caregivers who may need a break to attend to their own self-care. Hospice /palliative care is supported by BC Hospice Palliative Care Association who advocate for access to quality end-of-life care for all Canadians.

Grief Support Group

This support group is provided twice a year and delivered over 8 weeks per session.  Participants learn coping skills, self-care and how to develop a healthy support network. They learn that they are not alone in their grief. This group is offered to all grieving individuals in Terrace and outlying areas.  Referrals for the group are abundant, and there is often a wait list for participants. Community support for the group is high, since it assists people in working through the initial intense grief and possibly reduces doctor’s visits for stressed and grieving people. Local professionals recognize the vast need for a grief support group and refer clients. Group evaluations completed by participants have been very positive.

The Grief Support Group runs twice a year for 8 weeks. If you have grief issues caused by the loss of a loved one, no matter how long ago, and would like to be part of this Grief Support Group please contact THS (250-635-4811). This Support Group will be limited to 6 clients, and will meet weekly for 8 weeks. A commitment to attend will be required. The times and dates offered will partially depend on the group members.

Volunteer Training Program

This is a 30 hour program, tailored to suit the individual needs of each volunteer, where Volunteers learn about personal, practical and emotional care of their clients as well as learning self-care for themselves. Upon acquiring these skills, the trained volunteers provide quality day-to-day care for their clients and families.

When you become part of The Terrace Hospice Society team of volunteers, we all benefit!  Volunteering provides many perks and opportunities, and the rewards are as unique and personal as your reasons for wanting to be a volunteer!

Lending Library

The goal of the Terrace Hospice Society library is to educate the public on a variety of topics regarding both life and death. Available resources include books, videos, CD’s and DVD’s which focus on self-care, coping skills, and how to work through grief and loss issues. To improve accessibility, there are no library fees and we allow an extended borrowing time due to our clients special circumstances.  The library is open to all members of the community.

Celebrate a Life

Each December a non-denominational service is organized by the Terrace Hospice Society.  It is open to all community members and brings together those who have suffered the loss of a loved one (recent or otherwise).  It plays a healing role for participants in their journey towards grief recovery, during what can be a difficult time of year.

This program is sustained by community members and our Volunteers, who demonstrate support by donating their time as guest speakers, readers and artists with musical talents.

Terrace Hospice Society Newsletter

The Terrace Hospice Society newsletter educates the public, local organizations and professionals on hospice services and how to access them. It is free and delivered directly to organizations and professionals in the area. It is also available at several public locations throughout the community. The newsletter is created by the Terrace Hospice Society Coordinator and the Volunteers.

Memory Tape Program

This program is available to anyone in the community and provides an opportunity to let individuals record their family history, cultural traditions, songs, poetry or music. These CDs may then be used as gifts to loved ones or as a historical legacy.

Whether they are done for family or community, these recorded messages can be a lasting legacy which honors a client’s life and boosts their sense of self-worth. Prospective clients are interviewed and the recordings may be conducted in a variety of settings and formats depending on the client’s wishes.

Recordings left for loved ones are usually very comforting and healing for them. Visits and recordings are done by trained Terrace Hospice Society Volunteers