Hospice Huntsville provides support to Huntsville and surrounding area which includes Port Sydney, Baysville, Dwight and Dorset. Supports are available to permanent residents and those staying at their cottages or visiting for a brief stay family in the area.
We provide support to people who have received a life limiting diagnosis, and their family. Our supports can be available from the time of the diagnosis through to end of life and bereavement.
Hospice Huntsville Volunteer Visiting program is Accredited through Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. This can help to assure you that our supports are high quality and meets provincial best practices for palliative care.
Our well-trained Volunteer Visitors add to your existing circle of care (family, care givers, PSW, nursing, medical etc.). They provide nonmedical supports in the comfort of your home. Their role is to support you, your caregiver(s) and family by providing companionship, emotional support, listening and practical assistance, including respite.
Our Volunteer Visitors are thoroughly screened through an application, interview process which includes completing a Vulnerable Sector Police Check. They complete approximately 30 hours of preliminary training and orientation. Additionally, Hospice Huntsville is committed to providing regular on-going training and mentorship for our Volunteer Visitors. Along with their training, volunteers bring with them, their natural gifts, talents, and life experiences.
Our well-trained Grief and Bereavement volunteers provide non-clinical grief support. Their role is to offer you compassionate support to you on your grief journey. Hospice Huntsville provides support to Huntsville and surrounding area which includes Port Sydney, Almaguin Highlands, Lake of Bays area: Baysville, Dwight and Dorset.
Adult Grief Groups: Seven-week groups are offered in Spring and Fall. Small groups allow participants to learn, share, offer support and gain insight into to their personal journeys. Participants should allow 3 months from the date of the death of their loved one before joining a group support program.
Contact Jane at Hospice Huntsville to details.
Adult Companioning: One to one support can be provided early in bereavement. Typically, six one- hour appointments are available at a schedule that works for the individual and volunteer.
This six- week program is offered as an afterschool program for children who have experienced a significant loss through death or divorce/ separation. Small groups run twice per year, typically in late fall and spring. Our program is for elementary school children. Referrals accepted throughout the year.
The Butterfly Project:
Referrals to this individual support can be made directly to Hospice Huntsville or through the guidance office at Huntsville High School. Working with the guidance office can facilitate support to be offered during the school day at a time that makes sense within the student’s schedule. This can help reduce transportation barriers.
The Butterfly Project:
Grief and Bereavement Programs are available through in person groups or on an individual basis . Please contact Jane at Hospice Huntsville (705) 789-6878 Ext. 200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We are also accepting referrals for future Grief Support Groups. All of our programs & services are completely free of charge.
The next Adult Grief Support group session will begin the Spring 2024. All grief support programs are completely free of charge.
To register, or for further information on the program, please contact Jane at Hospice Huntsville (705) 789-6878 Ext. 200 or email: email@example.com
About the Program:
Trained facilitators will guide group participants as they cope with the death of a loved one. The program is intended to give people a sense of belonging and show that they are not alone in their suffering. The small groups allow people to share and experience healing.
Each session runs for seven weeks.
Referrals accepted throughout the year.
Hospice Huntsville also offers support on a one on one basis. Our trained volunteers provide support to individuals who are dealing with a death of a loved one. Our Program Coordinator carefully matches the individual with a Hospice Huntsville volunteer.
Do you know a child who has lost someone or something close to them?
Do you know a child dealing with the difficult emotions associated with grief?
Do you know a child who needs a safe place to talk about their feelings?
We Are Here to Help
Our six week Children’s Support Program is designed to help children process grief issues due to the loss of a loved one through death, divorce or separation, or the loss of something they treasured, giving them the opportunity to identify and express their feelings in a helpful way.
Our program is for elementary school age children.
Visit our Children’s Support Program page
Referrals accepted throughout the year
Support for high school age students available at Huntsville High School.
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