Every Canadian deserves the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, even in an unprecedented crisis such as COVID-19. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the CHPCA Champion’s Council are calling on health authorities to implement a more compassionate approach to end-of-life visitations across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hike for Hospice Palliative Care is a unique national fundraising event across Canada that brings together organizations working in hospice palliative care to raise funds and awareness in their community! Each year, thousands of ‘hikers’ will participate in events put on by their local hospice palliative care organizations. All funds raised during the Hike for Hospice Palliative Care stay within the community in which they were raised!
May 5-11, 2019 marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada. National Hospice Palliative Care Week is a time to celebrate and share achievements of hospice palliative care throughout the nation, but it also provides a platform to look at shortcomings and create bridges for these gaps. This year, CHPCA responded to a call for an updated “Busting the Myths” campaign. Myths circulate about accessibility, ease of access, illness criteria and cultural misperceptions of hospice palliative care and impacts care that is accessed and provided.
The third Tuesday in November marks the annual National Bereavement Day in Canada. On this day, CHPCA encourages Canadians to engage government and all sectors of Canadian society in a national dialogue to identify and support access to the necessary resources for those living with grief and bereavement. A variety of resources are made available online for download.
National Caregiver Day falls on the 1st Tuesday of April, and is a celebration of the work caregivers provide across the country. On National Caregiver Day, we focus on the challenges faced when caregiving for loved ones living with a life limiting illness.
Giving Tuesday is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for Giving Tuesday.
Canadian Compassionate Company program encourages employers to provide more companionate care for their employees. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and its Champion’s Council award the designation of a CCC if a company meets at least three out of five criteria. It is a very stressful and difficult time when a loved one is dying and/or near death. The financial security of an employee’s family may be jeopardized while caring for a gravely ill family member. Employers who are taking up the challenge are rightfully recognized for taking this important step that supports their employees, their families and their communities.