In keeping with the hospice philosophy of caring for the entire person, Hospice House offers an array of complementary services including, massage, reiki, music and pet therapy. These services provide relaxation and stress reduction to our residents as well as family members.
Life Review Program
The Life Review Program is an opportunity for our residents at Hospice House to record their life stories, memories or thoughts on a keepsake CD. A trained volunteer with the Life Review Program provides residents with the opportunity to:
- Produce an oral history with the help of specific questions to guide the review
- Explore topics, memories or stories that are most significant to the resident
- Create recordings of the resident reading stories, poetry, letters or other special texts
Bereavement Follow-up Program
A series of regularly scheduled telephone calls to the bereaved are scheduled for 2 week, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month intervals following a death of a loved one. Volunteers, with specific training in active listening and recognizing complex grief issues, conduct the calls under the supervision of the Support Services Leader. Complex grief issues are referred to the Grief and Bereavement Counsellor for follow-up.
Memorials for families and friends allow for spiritual and emotional expressions of grief in a supportive environment. Trained volunteers, under the supervision of our Support Services Leader, facilitate bi-monthly memorial and candle-lighting ceremonies.
For more information on these services, please contact us.