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NEW program — Caregiver Support Group
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month in Almonte at the Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte branch, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Every 2nd Thursday of the month in Carleton Place, at the Carleton Place Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m.
Why drop in?
Connect with others.
Share experiences, challenges, and triumphs with fellow caregivers. You will learn from others who understand your journey, and others will learn from you.
This is a safe space to express your feelings and find understanding. We hope this program will help build a supportive community by bringing people into your life who truly understand.
Information and Resources
Gain valuable insights, tips, and resources for caregiving.
Please join in on either or both of these sessions each month. Even if you feel you have things under control, consider the benefits of community, and that your experience may help someone else.
Home Hospice North Lanark Invites You to a Death Café
Embrace the conversation! In our part of the world, we tend toward not wanting to talk about death, or think about it, or plan for it. But it is something that every single human is going to do. If we can change our attitudes perhaps it would be easier to cope with the realities around death and dying, and even help us to find the beauty in life’s last journey. A better experience can also help with the grieving process for those left behind.
Home Hospice North Lanark wants to help make this happen. As such, we are excited to share this opportunity with our community of North Lanark. We’ll start slow. We have 4 sessions planned — two on Tuesday, January 16 and two on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. There will be an afternoon session from 2 to 4 p.m. and an evening session from 6 to 8 p.m., all held at the Community Presbyterian Church, 111 Church Street, Almonte. There is no charge to attend.
What is a Death Café?
A Death Café is a type of social gathering where people come together to discuss death, dying, and related topics in an open and supportive environment.
The primary goal of a Death Café is to provide a comfortable space for individuals to share their thoughts, experiences, and questions about death. The discussions are often facilitated by a host or hosts, but they are not therapy sessions or grief support groups. Instead, Death Cafés aim to foster open and honest conversations about a topic that is often considered taboo in many cultures.
Participants in Death Cafés might discuss a wide range of subjects, including cultural attitudes toward death, personal experiences with loss, funeral practices, spiritual beliefs, and more. The idea is to create a safe space where people can explore and reflect on their perspectives on mortality.
It’s important to note that Death Cafés are not affiliated with any specific religious or spiritual belief system, and they are not intended to provide counseling or grief support. Instead, they offer a forum for people to engage in meaningful conversations about a universal aspect of human existence.
Please join us — this is a safe space to discuss life, death and everything in between.
Public Education Events
As part of our mandate, we are pleased to offer relevant training events in North Lanark. All events are FREE of charge, and open to everyone. We expect these sessions will fill up quickly — please don’t delay your registration! Some of these events have limited attendance.
Advance Care Planning: Who Will Speak For You?
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process that encourages thinking and talking about your wishes for future health and personal care. By working through your wishes with your family or friends, you can explain to others what is important to you. This can be especially important should you find yourself ill and unable to communicate.
Thanks to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, an Advance Care Planning kit assists Canadians in planning their emergency and end-of-life health care wishes. Through interactive workbooks and printable guides, you can assist your substitute decision maker by having your plan and wishes documented.
Give your loved ones the gift of knowledge and tell them what’s important to you.
Home Hospice Palliative Care can help facilitate connections with other community services.
Our home visiting program is only one part of a constellation of services in our community and beyond. We’ve organized them into the following categories:
Book of the Month Reviews
These are books reviewed by members of HHNL.