Hospice Calgary Society
Our Story Why We Exist
A Family’s Story: Four years ago, my wife Diane died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack. She was 36 years old and had no prior health problems. At the time, my oldest daughter, Lynn, was four and my youngest daughter, Katie, was one. Our lives were turned upside down that day, and changed forever.
Looking back, I can honestly say that the first two years after Diane's passing were a blur. I was in survival mode - running around at 100 mph, trying to work full time, run a household and be both mom and dad for my girls. I was especially worried about Lynn and how her mom's passing would affect her, as she was old enough to know exactly what had happened to her mom. I knew I needed to seek counselling for her immediately - thank goodness for Hospice Calgary!
Today we are doing well. We've come a long way in the last four years - thanks to Hospice Calgary. Sure, there are still tough days when we miss Diane dearly. But what the Hospice has taught us is it’s okay to have those days - it's natural. That grief has no timetable and everyone deals with their grief in their own unique ways. I'm so grateful for everything Hospice Calgary has done and continues to do for me and my girls. I don't know where we'd be right now if Hospice Calgary didn't come into our lives.
Our Impact What We Do
Founded over 30 years ago, Hospice Calgary was a driving force in establishing hospice care in Alberta. Today, Hospice Calgary’s comprehensive range of services for those who are grieving and dying is unparalleled among Calgary & area hospices.
Hospice Calgary guides children, teens and adults through the grieving process as they face a life-threatening illness and death of a loved one. Our team of professionals provide individual, family and group support as well as 24 hour end-of-life care. We operate two centres of care: Sage Centre and Rosedale Hospice. Hospice Calgary helps families cope with loss.
Community donations allow us to help all families, regardless of their financial situation.
OUR PROMISE | Wherever you access our services, we promise to journey with you, through end-of-life and grief, for as long as you need us. We promise to have the difficult conversations about death, dying and grief, hearing your unique story and responding with compassion.
OUR MISSION | To help families and individuals achieve support, hope and well-being through compassionate end-of-life and bereavement care.
OUR VISION | To be an innovative leader for compassionate, holistic, family-centered end-of-life and bereavement care.
OUR VALUES | Compassion - Dignity - Empathy - Equality -Ethical Practice - Family-centred care - Highest quality service - Inclusiveness - Integrity - Respectfulness
Our Programs How We Do It
Hospice Calgary’s programs and services are funded through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors who support grief counselling and hospice care in our community.
Hospice Calgary offers the only professional, specialized services for grieving children in southern Alberta. Our counsellors specialize in helping families with children and teens adjust to the changes in their lives. Using individual and family counselling, we compassionately support people through grief.
Our child and youth specialists are recognized experts in end-of-life, grief and trauma counselling for youths under 19 years of age.
Our family group support programs, Kids Club, Dream Catchers and Mentoring Through Grief, allow children, teens and parents or guardians to meet with others facing similar issues, share common concerns and learn from each other. Our Living with Cancer program is unique in Calgary and offers people with a palliative diagnosis of cancer and their families the opportunity to meet other individuals who are having similar experiences. The group meets weekly throughout the year to provide opportunities to be with others facing end-of-life issues.
Rosedale Hospice is our residential care facility, where end-of-life cancer patients and their family and friends are cared for in a supportive environment. Rosedale offers a life-affirming alternative to hospitalization or dying at home. Alberta Health Services covers the costs of operation of Rosedale Hospice. We also fundraise each year for Rosedale to enrich counselling and spiritual care services, and to enhance the overall facility.
Hospice Calgary offers workshops and resources related to end-of-life and grief support for professionals, volunteers and community groups. We are an approved “A Level” provider of Social Work Continuing
Education credits. Many workshops are offered free to community volunteer groups with the support of donations.
Our Requests What You Can Do
There are many ways to be involved at Hospice Calgary. Check out the opportunities below to make a difference in the life of a family facing the loss of a loved one or in the life of someone living with a life-threatening illness.
- Volunteer Volunteering with Hospice Calgary is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, be part of a team, share your experience, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships.
- Donate Hospice Calgary relies on charitable contributions to continue our mission to help families and individuals achieve support, hope and well-being through compassionate end-of-life and bereavement care.
- Support an Event Each year, Hospice Calgary hosts two signature events: Hike for Hospice Calgary and Sage Soirée. For more information, see hyperlink with “support an event.”
- Host an Event Hospice Calgary welcomes groups in the community to host an event and donate the proceeds to us. Families, community groups and businesses have hosted golf tournaments, walks, dances, and many other activities to raise money to support Hospice Calgary’s work.