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Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Service
This service promotes quality of life for people living with a life-limiting illness. The Hospice Palliative Care Team includes professionals and volunteers who have extensive training in palliative care. The team offers assessments, counseling, pain and symptom management, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual support. Volunteers offer support to patients and families at home, and in hospital. Support includes comfort measures, companionship, respite and transportation.
A Community Day Hospice Program offered weekly provides social interaction, therapies, activities and nursing consultations for patients.
Bereavement support is provided through support groups, or individual counseling for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Palliative Care support is available at both sites of the Brockville General Hospital, community settings including Long Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes and at the home of our clients. Health Care providers, patients and/or family may make referrals to any of our services with the exception of hospitalized patients who require a physician referral.
The Service relies on the generosity of our community to sustain the programs available. Donations, designated to the Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Service, would be gratefully accepted through the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation.
Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Service
Brockville General Hospital, Garden Street Site
42 Garden Street
Brockville, Ontario K6V 2C3
Phone 613-345-5649 Ext. 4412
|Bereavement Coordinator||613-345-5649 Ext. 4415|
|Coordinator of Hospital Volunteers||613-345-5649 Ext. 4410|
|Coordinator of Community Volunteers||613-345-5649 Ext. 4417|
The Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Service can best be described as a “Hospice without Walls. “ Our team of professionals and volunteers support clients and families in the Counties of Leeds and Grenville who are coping with a life-limiting illness. Hospice provides compassionate care to help meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
Our Team Consists of:
Palliative Care Physicians
Palliative Care Consult Nurses
Day Hospice Partner
* Questions or inquiries? Please feel free to contact our Outreach Office at 613-345-5649 Ext. 4412.
NEW Watch footage from the 2015 30-Hour Palliative Care Telethon here!
The Consult Nurses are experienced and caring nurses who are committed to meeting patient and family needs through assessment, listening, teaching and counseling. They provide consultations in pain and symptom management, and work collaboratively with the patient's primary health team.
613-345-5649 Ext. 4412
Trained volunteers provide support to patients and families, both in their homes and in hospital. Although support is individualized to meet the need of the patient / family, volunteers may provide: comfort measures, companionship, respite, transportation and other supports as required. Volunteers for home support can be arranged by contacting the Coordinator of Community Volunteers.
Coordinator of Community Volunteers
Day Hospice is a weekly day program which offers participants an opportunity for social interaction, therapies, recreation activities, emotional support and consultation with Palliative Care nurses. There is no fee for this program.
Coordinator of Community Day Hospice
613-345-5649 Ext. 4417
This service is dedicated to providing both support and education to bereaved families, friends, and anyone whose life has been touched by death.
613-345-5649 Ext. 4415
In keeping with the Mission Statement of the Hospital, the Spiritual Care Team commits itself to holistic spiritual ministry. We will strive to provide spiritual and emotional support to each person entrusted to our care, while respecting the diversity of the individual’s faith connection for the enhancement of their quality of life.
What is Spiritual Care?
Spiritual Health Care Providers facilitate expression of an individual’s beliefs, values, concerns, and emotions in a way that honours all faiths. We understand that spirituality can take many forms:
Connection to nature
Music, pets and more
At BGH we strive to support all aspects of spiritual expression and to respect the diversity of all persons regardless of race, colour, culture, belief system, capacity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Spirituality is what we draw on for strength and support. A spiritual journey is characterized by a personal search for healing, wholeness and meaning, experienced by:
- A sense of inner peace
- Compassion for others
- Reverence for life
- Appreciation for diversity
What we offer:
- Facilitation of religious or spiritual rituals
- One-on-one visitation
- Support for grief and loss
- Encouragement & support
- A confidential listening ear
- An opportunity for you to explore the spiritual significance and meaning of illness, suffering, and life transitions
When to ask for spiritual care:
- When faith, spirituality and meaning-making is important for you
- When you are seeking the comfort of a religious or spiritual ritual
- When you or your family are struggling with impending surgery, prognosis, diagnosis or other significant loss
- When you need an extra measure of support
- When you or a loved one is approaching death
- Whenever you are seek hope or peace
But I am not religious!
You do not need to be religious to benefit from spiritual health care. Spirituality is about finding meaning, value, and connection, especially during times of difficulty.
Spiritual Care Visits
Spiritual Care is an optional part of your health care while staying in hospital.
When you were admitted you were asked 3 questions:
- Would like to have your faith recorded?
- If so, would you like to have your church recorded?
- Would you welcome a visit from the Spiritual Care team?
Even if you said No to #s 1 & 2, you can still say YES to option 3.
If you were not asked these questions on admission, please ask to have a Spiritual Care visit. Spiritual Care is always an option for you ~ you need only ask!
Our Commitment to You
Your personal expression of spirituality will be respected. If you choose to have religious care as part of your spiritual care, we will endeavor to meet your specific needs either through our multi-faith & ecumenical chaplains, or we will make a referral for you. Hospital chaplains will never try to convert you from your chosen faith.
Pastoral Care Training Manual *NEW
In 2015, our Spiritual Care Department released an extensive Pastoral Care Training Manual. This 570-page resource provides best-practice information for training volunteers in all aspects of spiritual care. The book is free and available to download here.
Rev. Brenda Haggett, RP
Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain
ext. 4120 Garden St. site
ext. 1020 Charles St. site
Hospice Palliative Care volunteers are caring and compassionate adults who give of their time, talent and energy. Volunteers participate as members of the hospice team by sharing skills and interests in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life of those they support. All volunteers receive a minimum of thirty hours hospice palliative care training.
Training is offered twice a year - for more information contact:
613-345-5649 Ext. 4417 or Ext. 4410
Community and Hospital Volunteers
Trained volunteers provide support to patients and families, both in their home and in hospital. Although support is individualized to meet the needs of the patient / family, volunteers may provide: comfort measures, companionship, respite, transportation and other supports as required.
Bereavement volunteers receive additional training and may help grieving families through
- Visiting/Telephone Support
- Grief Support Groups
A variety of office duties are performed by volunteers, including but not limited to photocopying, computer work, statistics, and library/resource center organization.
These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief:
Helping Yourself with Grief
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey:
- Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny Them
- Will I Grieve or Will I Mourn
- Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies
- Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
- Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
- Helping Yourself Heal When a Parent Dies
- Helping Yourself When a Baby Dies
- Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
- Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
- Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
- Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
- Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
- Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
- Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
- Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
- The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
- The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
- The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
- The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
- The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
- Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
Helping Others with Grief
A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
- Helping a Friend in Grief
- Helping a Man Who is Grieving
- Helping a Friend Who is Dying
- Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
- Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
- Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
- Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving
- Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
- Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
- Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
- Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
- Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
- Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
- Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief:
- Helping Children Cope with Grief
- Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
- Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies
- Helping Children with Funerals
- Helping Children Understand Cremation
- Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
- Helping a Child Who is Dying
- Helping Grieving Children at School
- Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics
The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death:
- Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
- Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
- Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
- Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?
For Hospices and Other Caregivers
Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss:
- Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
- Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
- Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
- The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story": Why I'm Proud to be a Grief Counselor
- Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
- Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
- Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
- Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
- The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines
*All articles in the above links are courtesy of www.griefwords.com