AHPCA Office During the Pandemic
Our office is currently CLOSED to the public. The AHPCA team is working from home and regularly monitoring emails and voicemails.
AHPCA Virtual Roadshow Spring 2020
The AHPCA Virtual Roadshow Spring 2020 has wrapped. A huge thank you to our presenters, Yvonne Heath and Blair Collins, for joining us on this adventure.
Read all about how the Roadshow happened and AHPCA’s exciting plans for the fall!
AHPCA is a registered charity. Donations help us build and continue our programming and can be made online at donate here
Saying Goodbye Concert
Everybody deserves the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, even in an unprecedented crisis such as COVID-19. There have been many heartbreaking stories of families who were unable to say goodbye due to restrictions on end-of-life visitations. As a result of these restrictions during the pandemic, many people who have lost a loved one have not been able to say goodbye, visit, and in many cases have a funeral or celebration of life.
AHPCA supports the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association‘s wish to acknowledge the grief so many Canadians have experienced during these unprecedented times. CHPCA is recognizing Canadians’ grief by holding an online concert in conjunction with National Bereavement Day. If you would like to honour your loved one who has passed and add your loved one’s name to be streamed during the event, please fill out the submission form here.
The deadline for all submissions for the National Bereavement Day, Saying Goodbye Concert is August 17, 2020. The concert will take place on November 15, 2020.
The pandemic has affected everyone. We are all grieving.
I know some Albertans are grieving the loss of loved ones, and this is the hardest grief of all. Other Albertans are grieving the loss of jobs, income or health. Some are grieving the loss of control and the close physical connection to others that we all crave.
We are all mourning the normalcy we once knew. During these times it is a natural reaction to experience different expressions of this grief, including anger, bargaining and even depression. These are all normal reactions and responses.
We all must process the losses caused by this new situation and the changes to our everyday lives we all face.
– Dr. Deena Hinshaw, April 15, 2020 press briefing
AHPCA has put together a list of COVID-19 resources to help Albertans, especially caregivers, through this challenging time.
AHPCA Self-Care Video Series
LIFE: Learning Insights for Everyday
These short videos are a resource for people who need answers but do not have easy access to help. AHPCA invites you to share these videos with your clients, friends, colleagues, family or anybody else who might benefit.
We are living in difficult times. Many of us are experiencing strong emotions like worry, anxiety, sadness, fear, uneasiness, nervousness, and apprehension.
Distract yourself from distress by choosing one of AHPCA’s Relaxation Moment videos. Watch the images. Listen to the sounds. Give yourself a hand massage while you watch. Breath deeply. Relax.
Online Resource Directory
Services vary across the province and we have found that many Albertans feel isolated and uninformed during this very vulnerable time of their lives. Albertans have told us that they want an accessible user friendly online Resource Directory specializing in palliative and end of life care services throughout Alberta.
AHPCA has received a grant from the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation to research, develop and host this online palliative directory data base. It incorporates a province wide data base with an easy to use interactive map.
The Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association (AHPCA) endeavours to represent the voice of the palliative care consumers, professionals and volunteers in Alberta. We believe that all Albertans have the right to equitable access to end of life care, and we promote participation through the building of partnerships, collaboration and innovation.
Your membership in the AHPCA automatically entitles you to membership with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).
As a joint member you will receive: palliative care news, AHPCA updates, CHPCA newsletters, reduced conference and workshop rates, and an opportunity to add your voice to our advocacy efforts on behalf of all Albertans.