April has been a busy month here at the hospice with both volunteers and staff training happening. We are committed to ensuring that Jessica’s House is equipped to providing essential services to our residents and families.
At Jessica’s House we not only want to teach our volunteers about Palliative Care but to also reach out to members of the community. Do your loved ones know your wishes for end-of-life care? do you have a substitute decision maker? Did you know that April 16th was Advance Care Planning Day? This is a day to reflect on your wishes and values for end-of-life care and to start having those hard conversations so that your family and friends know what your wishes are when you can no longer make them. A substitute decision maker is someone whom you trust to carry on the these wishes. To learn more about advance care planning and choosing a substitute decision maker please go to www.advancecareplanning.ca.
Mother’s Day can be a very difficult time of the year especially when you have experienced death of our mother. As our mother, for the most part, are the the first contact that we make in our lives and whether we are a child, adult or anywhere in between losing a mother is very difficult. We need to give ourselves permission to feel what can be very intense emotions during this time of loss and remembrance. Honouring our mothers by talking about them, continuing traditions or starting new Mother’s Day traditions can be helpful. It is human nature to try to avoid sadness, but finding ways to create meaning can be very validating and comforting to those to are struggling with loss.
Event that are on the horizon…..
Saturday July 6th, 2019 is Jessica’s House Music Weekend
Thursday November 7th, 2019 is Jessica’s House Handbags for Hospice
If you or anyone in your family are dealing with end of life issues please don’t hesitate to call for support at any time. Community outreach is a key component to the support that is offered before someone is admitted into Jessica’s House.