Impact on the Community
Your support of Valley Hospice Foundation has a lasting impact on the lives of families using programs associated with palliative care in the Valley region.
With the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups our Foundation was able to commit over $4 million to support the construction of our beloved Valley Hospice.
Our new Valley Hospice will be a supportive residential option for those who are in the final stages of their life due to illness or frailty.
“The goal is first to feel welcomed, sheltered, and cared for and then to feel safe to depart.” Benjie Nycum, Valley Hospice architectural and engineering design lead.
Grief and Bereavement Support
The Friends in Bereavement grief support groups provide support for those grieving the death or approaching death of a loved one at no cost to participants. Twice a month sessions take place in Kentville, Berwick and Bridgetown. Learn more by contacting: Jennifer Longley at (902) 681-8239.
“Everyone is different, everyone has been hurting, everyone deals with their “hurts” in a different way-but sharing, laughing, crying and realizing that you are not alone is a real catharsis.” Anonymous participant of the Friends in Bereavement Retreat – Brier Island, NS.
Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Visiting
Joanne Whitenect is one of the Valley region’s many palliative care volunteers.
“I visit my client once a week. We play crib and talk about politics. His face lights up when I come in the room – I can tell he’s glad to see me,” says Joanne. “Being a palliative care volunteer is important because there comes a time when you should focus more on the companionship and comfort of clients, while providing support and breaks to their loved ones,” says Joanne.
Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers are important members of the care team. They serve clients at home, in hospital and in the hospice. Click here to learn more.