You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection connects you with friendly support from somebody who has been there. Complete the form and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch soon for a chat about how AHPCA can help.
Statement on Residential Schools
AHPCA recognizes the impact that grief has on every one of us. This includes disenfranchised grief, which is grief that has been unrecognized by others.
Bill C-220 Update
Bill C-220, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code (bereavement leave) is scheduled to go before the Senate committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on Wednesday June 9 at 2 p.m. MT. The committee will hear from witnesses, including Edmonton-Riverbend MP Matt Jeneroux who initiated Bill C-220 as a private member’s bill. In the Senate, the bill is being sponsored by Senator Judith Seidman. Interested parties can watch the Senate proceedings here.
Bill C-220 proposes to extend bereavement leave for all employees who work under the Canada Labour Code to 10 days following the death of a loved one. This would double the current leave of five days. Should it become law, Bill C-220 will have a lasting impact on the lives of millions of Canadians.
The AHPCA team is very proud to have contributed to the initiation and progress of Bill C-220.
AHPCA Office During the Pandemic
The AHPCA office is currently CLOSED to the public. The AHPCA team is working from home and regularly monitoring emails and voicemails.
Alberta's Vaccine Rollout and Public Health Restrictions
Many AHPCA stakeholders work in a healthcare setting. When are you eligible to receive the vaccine?
Confused about what you are able to do under Alberta’s current restrictions? Find your answers here.
Alberta Commits $1 million to AHPCA
The AHPCA team is delighted to announce that it has received a $1 million grant to launch two new programs and expand a third program to support Albertans who are impacted by grief or life-limiting illness. Thank you to the Alberta government for the funding and the impact it will have on so many Albertans in every corner of our province who are living with a life-limiting disease, as well as their families and caregivers.
AHPCA Virtual Roadshow Spring 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.