It’s National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2015, and this year’s theme is all about spreading the word: “The power of 10 ”
“One of the best ways to spread an important message is through your social circles, your own sphere of influence…We urge you to talk with 10 people — friends, family, acquaintances — about the importance of quality hospice palliative care in Canada.
Our hope is that this critical message will be spread exponentially, like ripples in a pond, by each of your contacts — whether face-to-face, e-mail, or social media.”(CHPCA, 2015)
What is the critical message? It’s that hospice palliative care strives to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients and families who are living with or dying from advanced illness, or who are bereaved.
“Hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s a holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement, and much more.” (www.chpca.net)
In recognition of National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2015, here are just a few of the activities happening in Alberta between May 3 – 9th :
Provincially “Hike for Hospice” All funds raised for this event stay in the communites where the hikes occur.
Calgary The 15th Annual Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care Conference
Grande Prairie “Care and Prepare Workshop: Compassionate Contemplative End of Life Care” sponsored by the Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society
Check with your local hospice palliative care groups and local media sources for more information about events happening in your community this week.
In the meantime, here are a few helpful links to help you get started with those conversations about a number of issues related to hospice palliative care:
End of Life wishes: http://theconversationproject.org/
Facts about Hospice Palliative Care: https://ahpca.ca/hospice-palliative-care-really-mean/
Advance Care Planning: Speak Up
So, tell 10 friends, who will tell 10 more friends, and they’ll tell 10 more friends, until all Albertans understand that hospice palliative care makes a difference.