Compassionate Communities in Palliative Care

Community’s residents recognize that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.

Become a Volunteer

Some of the ways you can help make a difference.

Share Memories, Hold a Hand, Writer a Letter, Make a Phone Call, Be a Friend, Sing a Song, Water Flowers, Read a Book, Say a Prayer…

Caring and Dedicated

We are committed to establishing and maintaining expert end of life care for our community members with a terminal illness and providing support for their families.

Nav-Care

Specially-trained volunteers help improve the lives of people living with serious illness.  Nav-CARE volunteers create connections to community services, resources, and provide caring, consistent emotional support.

Comfort Care Bags

Helps make the person dying and their loved one’s time together as comfortable as possible with the reassurance that the community and care team are there to support them through this difficult time.

Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Aftercare Resources

Programs, resources, supports from time of diagnosis through to aftercare.

Virtual Care

Smart devices (ipads, tables, smartwatches) are utilized to help persons with a life limiting illness stay at home longer and connect to their community and family.

At GP Care Society – We Care

GPPCS works with other agencies, local businesses and community members to establish a compassionate community that promotes living well by supporting others through care giving, dying and grieving.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is specialized client-centered end-of-life care. It aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying. Palliative Care supports people living with life-threatening illnesses. It provides care for patients and their loved ones to meet each individual’s

  • Medical needs
  • Psychological needs
  • Social needs
  • Spiritual needs
  • Practical needs

Where is Care Provided?

Care can be provided at home, in hospitals, in nursing homes, hospice or in free-standing pieces.

Palliative care considers that dying is an important part of living and that it is essential to manage pain and other symptoms effectively so that those facing death, and their loved ones, can devote their energies not to fighting physical discomfort, but to embrace the time they have left together.

Want to learn more about a Hospice near you?
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Recently diagnosed with a life-limiting illness?

GPPCS is here to help you along the way. We have collected and developed resources and work closely with other organization to ensure you are aware of what is available to you, and your loved ones. Below are some common questions people ask with a link to help you get started with answers. Please know that at if you have a question that is not in this list that you are encouraged to contact us directly so we can help you find the information you are seeking. 
What will you experience with your care? Your Prognosis? Your feelings?
How to start a conversation with your family about your wishes?
What is Advance Care Planning and why should this matter to you?
Advance Care Planning Toolkit
Where can you find supports and resources for yourself and your loved ones? email us today.

Family and Caregiver Resources

When you care for a loved one with an advanced illness you are doing a remarkable thing, but you are taking on a challenging role. We are here to help you. We will provide you with information, resources, encouragement, and emotional support to give you the information you need to provide care.

Self-Care guide for Family and Caregivers
How do I talk to my loved ones about their final wishes?
What is compassion fatigue and how do I know if I have it?

Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the palliative care journey. They can help from time of diagnosis through to grief and loss. Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society has a variety of volunteer programs to help clients and families.

Want to learn more about the volunteer programs we offer?
What is a Nav-Care Volunteer?
What is a Virtual Care Volunteer?
Want to learn more about what volunteers can do for you and your family?

Grief Resources

Grief is a normal human reaction to loss. Suffering the loss of a loved one can feel unbearable and hopeless. We work with our community to help you through this difficult time.

A guide to help you cope with the death of a loved one.
Online resources
Contact us for local resources and upcoming workshops

Events/Workshops

Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society hosts a multitude of educational events and workshops to help support all aspects of palliative care including:

Education for the healthcare professionals
Volunteer training Level 1 and Nav-Care
Self-care and Compassion fatigue workshops
Grief and Bereavement workshops

Sponsors/Funding

Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society is a small grass roots not-for-profit that relies on community sponsors, event fundraisers, grants and individual donations to help support our palliative care community.

Donations help in many ways:

  • Develop and deliver new programs and supports to help you feel connected.
  • Coordination and implementation of volunteer programs both in community and in facility
  • Specialized palliative care education for healthcare professionals, caregivers, volunteers and you
  • Awareness of palliative care supports, services and resources available to you
  • Grief and Caregiver Supports for both the healthcare professional, the volunteer and you
  • Equipment and furnishings for Prairie Lakes Hospice to provide comfort and a home-like environment
  • Bursaries for palliative care education and betterment for healthcare professionals, caregivers, volunteers and you.
  • One-time emergency funding for palliative care families in crisis by referral

Are you interested in becoming involved?

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“You matter because you are, you matter until the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but also to live until you die.” -Dr. Cicely Saunders

About Us

At Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society, our mission is to establish and maintain expert end-of-life care for community members with a terminal illness and to provide support for their families.

  • We are a voice for the community
  • We are an ear to public need
  • We are a hand in action

Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society advocates for, and is the connection in the community for end-life-care.

 

Thank You to our Sponsors

 

 

Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society is the connection and advocates in the community for end-life-care. We support multiple programs and community events to raise awareness.

 

 

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Past Supporters

 

If you would like to know more about becoming a funder or supporter for Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society please contact us.