National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day 

National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day raises awareness about the importance of children’s hospice palliative care and how it improves the quality of living and dying for children with serious illnesses and their families. The campaign is co-hosted by CHPCA and the Canadian Network of Palliative Care for Children (CNPCC), every year on the second Thursday of October. 

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October 12, 2023 

Weaving the Fabric of Care 

In 2023, we are celebrating how health care workers of all stripes and palliative care teams across Canada are Weaving the Fabric of Care! Let us unite our hearts, weave our stories, and together, create a quilt of care that enfolds every child in warmth, comfort, and dignity.  

Join us on this journey, as we weave the fabric of care, one thread at a time. Show your support on social media with the hashtags #FabricOfCare and #HPCForChildren! 

Next National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day | October 10, 2024

2023 Campaign Theme: Weaving the Fabric of Care 

About the Theme 

In the delicate tapestry of a child’s life, every thread counts. National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day celebrates the art of “Weaving the Fabric of Care,” applauding the dedication, compassion, and advocacy of those caring for children with serious illnesses. 

This day is a call to action, a chance to embrace the essential threads of care that comfort and support families navigating a child’s serious illness when they need it most. It’s about recognizing that children’s hospice palliative care is not just a specialty; it’s a shared responsibility across healthcare and communities.

Your Support Matters

Become an advocate – for each child, for every family. Discover the world of children’s hospice palliative care and equip yourself with the knowledge to identify those who would benefit most from its supportive embrace. You can be the voice that echoes through the corridors of healthcare, championing this approach to care, and the professionals of all stripes that provide it. 

This campaign is more than a slogan; it’s a promise. A promise that anyone can integrate a palliative approach into every facet of their care. A promise that we can improve the quality of life of a seriously ill child and their family together through this approach, whether you are a nurse, allied health professional, social worker, or a volunteer. 

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Past Event: October 11, 2023 

Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium at the CHPCA Conference 

A full-day professional development and learning opportunity for palliative care providers supporting children and families was hosted by the CNPCC as an optional pre-conference symposium at the CHPCA Conference in October 2023. 

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Your Donations Matter

CHPCA advocates for accessible quality hospice palliative care across the country. We do this so one day, everyone in Canada with a life-limiting illness can access care that alleviates their suffering when they need it most. Your support is essential to this work.

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Campaign Kit and Resources 

Download the Campaign Kit 

The campaign kit contains campaign materials, including customizable designs. Use these resources to celebrate and raise awareness of children’s hospice palliative care in your community. 

Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Resource Repository  

Resources focused on pediatric palliative care including anticipatory grief, supporting siblings of children with life threatening illnesses, and more.

Share Your Story 

Help us show policy-makers and health care leaders the impact of quality children’s hospice palliative care, or lack thereof, on families in Canada through your lived experiences.  

Campaign Partner 

National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care is hosted in partnership with the Canadian Network of Palliative Care for Children (CNPCC). 

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