SERVICES

The full range of support available is categorized and broadly described below. In recognizing and honouring each person’s unique set of circumstances, all support is customized and streamlined to meet individual needs on a timely basis. Additionally, support is available exactly where you are, whether it be at a private residence, assisted-living or long-term care facility, hospital or hospice.

Planning & Preparation

Planning and preparation for end of life encompasses so much more than funerals and estate matters. While having plans in place for both is significant, other pressing issues require attention as well.

Upon receipt of a terminal diagnosis, ascertaining what is now truly important becomes priority. Personal wishes are identified as well as important religious, traditional or cultural practices to be implemented. From this wealth of information a detailed, comprehensive plan is designed and put in place.

As people approach end of life, feelings of regret and unfinished business often surface and take control. People linger here however, becoming overwhelmed by overthinking and even obsessing, leading to severe anxiety and depression. Gentle guidance and care provide clarity and the opportunity to reflect and often act upon various aspects without feeling overloaded.

Vigils

Sitting vigil with the dying is being physically present as they live out their last moments, hours or days. This can be an extremely difficult time for family yet at the same time, most comforting to the dying person. Vigil support is available in two ways: being with the family during the vigil or sitting vigil in the absence of the family.

There are times when it is physically impossible to be with someone during their dying time. A person’s condition can deteriorate without warning and the call to family may find them out of town, province or even the country. Sometimes family is nearby but unable to cope with the situation or desperately need a break due to physical and emotional exhaustion. In any circumstance, support is provided by conducting a bedside vigil, in which the the space is one of warmth and compassion, where support flows freely. When family is present for the vigil, questions about the process are encouraged as knowledge and awareness help dissolve fear and misconception, which leads to a rich end of life experience for all those involved.

MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying)

Increasing numbers of people are finding MAiD the right choice for them. It is an extremely personal decision that often involves days of deep introspection. There are times when those close are not able to support this decision due to their own morals and religious beliefs, which may cause or reinforce dejection and isolation within the dying person. More often that not however, understanding and support is given. In any situation, offered here is non-judgmental, compassionate support to those choosing MAiD, from the moment of being approved through the day of provision.

From the time of being approved for MAiD, open and honest conversation addresses unresolved fears, expectations and any answered questions. As with Planning and Preparation above, a detailed, comprehensive plan is designed that consists of personal wishes leading up to and including the day of provision, as well as important religious, traditional or cultural practices to be carried out. On the day of provision the space is thoughtfully prepared and those in attendance are fully supported.

Grief Healing

The flowers have wilted, phone calls and visits have dwindled and the silence is deafening. The events in the last weeks or months keep replaying over and over in a distant, surreal sort of way. Every day tasks seem overwhelming and the tears keep falling.

Grief is in response to loss – loss of a loved one, loss of purpose, loss of identity, loss of security, loss of faith, to name a few. The more impactful a loss is, the deeper the grief can be. Grief affects us physically, emotionally and spiritually, which in turn can be harmful to ourselves as well as destructive to our relationships with others.

There is no time limit on one’s grief, nor a mandate on how best one should express their grief. Some people are able to process their own grief while others need help. Others find themselves somewhere in the middle, depending on the day or occasion.

Wherever you are, you will be met with the tools that gently guide you out of the darkness to keep moving forward.

Those Supported

Whether from disease or natural end of life, all people are supported, along with those who choose to be involved in the process.

References to “Family”, both verbal and written, are to be taken as those who share a close and loving, mutually respectful and nurturing relationship with the dying person and not held exclusively for those related by blood, adoption or marriage.

Each and every individual is welcome and will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of age, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and expression, gender identity or financial status.

Service Areas

Services are generally provided within the City of Calgary and the following surrounding communities. If you are located outside these areas and require support, please get in touch.

South

Okotoks | High River | Black Diamond | Turner Valley

East

Langdon | Strathmore | Chestermere

West

Priddis | Bragg Creek