What is a Compassionate Palliative Care Community?
The framework of a Compassionate Community recognizes that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not a task for only health and social services but everyone’s responsibility.
This public health initiative is designed to:
- Be inclusive of all ages, from children to seniors, providing a life-span approach to palliative care.
- Demystify death in hopes that we all become more comfortable with talking and planning for death.
- Provide support and palliative care earlier in the case of a terminal diagnosis.
Implementing the Compassionate Communities model will encourage:
- Better preparation for caregiving, dying, death and grieving
- A feeling of empowerment and connection to community
- Improved mental health and quality of life.
How can you become part of a Compassionate Community?
- Become a Volunteer. We have many opportunities at Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society to fit each person’s lifestyle; from washing dishes at Hospice to give the staff some relief, to enjoying a game of crib with a new friend.
- Making a Donation. As a non-for-profit our Society relies on the generosity of our community members and funders to keep our programs and services operational. We absolutely love receiving handmade items made with love such as blankets, fidget pillows, Shawls, and even Comfort Care Bag Items.
- Follow us on Social Media. We appreciate every follower we have as it helps spread awareness on the importance of end-of-life care, and expands our reach so we can be involved sooner with our clients and their families.
- Become a Virtual Pen Pal. Our Virtual Pen Pal Program helps isolated seniors and terminally ill individuals stay connected by receiving letters everyday from all over the world.