Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- November 2016
  SPOTLIGHT
Supporting Children

We are pleased to announce, on Children’s Grief Awareness Day, that Hope and Cope, a program of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, is a new partner in KidsGrieve 2. Hope and Cope, will be investing $25,000 for the development of two French learning modules for adults supporting grieving children. The modules will feature French-speaking families discussing their experience.  

Children’s Grief Awareness Day, recognizes and raises awareness of the needs of grieving children. To mark this day we are hosting a free webinar by Andrea Warnick, national children’s grief expert and Virtual Hospice team member and Camara Van Breeman, nurse practitioner from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver on supporting children. THIS WEBINAR IS SOLD OUT.
 
FOR EVERYONE
KIDSGRIEVE2 – DECEMBER
Our next monthly free KidsGrieve 2 Q&A webinar will be on December 6 from 1-2pm Eastern Time. National grief expert, Andrea Warnick will answers your questions about supporting children and youth who are grieving a death or an expected death. Everyone is welcome. Email:KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca to participate.

FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLES - SUPPORTING GRIEVING CHILDREN AND YOUTH
The following articles by Lysa Toye, a grief counsellor at Dr. Jay’s Children’s Grief Centre, addresses common concerns of grief and makes suggestions for parents and other caregivers wondering how best to support grieving children.

RESOURCES ON SUPPORTING CHILDREN
FOR EVERYONE FOR PROFESSIONALS

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
EXCHANGE POSTER – THERAPEUTIC TOUCH AND DEMENTIA
Helen Senderovich MD’s new Exchange poster reviews the “Role of Therapeutic Touch in the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.”
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
 RESOURCEA REALLY PRACTICAL HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN’S PALLIATIVE CARE
This book by Dr. Justin Amery offers practical solutions to common challenges health providers face when caring for seriously ill children and their families. It also includes practices for communicating bad news, helping families with their emotional reactions, assisting children and their families with ethical and spiritual issues, and working with surviving family members as they grieve.
 

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE - GRIEF AND TEENAGERS
The “Coping with grief as a teenager ” section on the Marie Curie website provides information and support for teenagers when they are dealing with the loss of someone close to them.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - NURSING CARE AT THE END OF LIFE: WHAT EVERY CLINICIAN SHOULD KNOW
This open textbook by Dr. Susan E. Lowey provides an in-depth look at death and dying in this country, including the vital role of the nurse in assisting patients and their families at the end of life. The goal of this text is to foster the necessary skills for nurses to provide compassionate care to individuals who are nearing the end of life and their families. Every chapter contains a “What You Should Know” section which highlights and reinforces foundational concepts.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - BUILD YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Vital Talk supports clinicians in communicating with patients and families. The website includes guides for challenging conversations, information on building your communication skills and courses on communications.
 

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE - LITTLE STARS
Little Stars is a one-hour feature film that tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of young people around the world living with life-limiting illnesses. Against the odds, these children and young adults are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their loved ones, working in harmony with passionate 'pain and palliative care' teams.  
 

NEWS

PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIANS ADDRESS HOW TO IMPROVE PALLIATIVE CARE
The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians is calling on all politicians to act immediately to improve palliative care in Canada. Their report “How to improve palliative care in Canada: A Call to action for federal, provincial, territorial, regional and local decision makers" includes recommendations for decision-makers on how to address shortcomings of the existing system. We greatly appreciate ‎the CSPCP including funding for Virtual Hospice in their recommendations.

A NEW HOME FOR LIGHTHOUSE
The Lighthouse for Grieving Children celebrates the move to its new home with a grand opening event on November 20th. "It is hard to believe that we started Lighthouse in a church basement with just 12 children over 17 years ago," said Jo Fallon, founder and honorary board member. "Now that we are in this amazing new home, we will be able to double the number of families and establish Lighthouse as a grief and training resource centre in the community." 

CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR CHOCHINOV
Virtual Hospice Chair, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is one of three Manitobans appointed to the Senate of Canada. We applaud the Prime Minister for this inspired choice. Harvey’s appointment is good news for palliative care and for Canada. Harvey’s thoughtful, reasoned approach will serve Canada well.

PALLIUM RECEIVES CPD PROGRAM AWARD
Congratulations to Pallium Canada for receiving the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award for 2016. Dr. José Pereira, Chief Scientific Officer and Dr. Kathryn Downer, National Director for Pallium Canada received the award at the National CPD Accreditation Conference in Montreal.
 

PROVIDENCE HEALTHCARE OPENS NEW PALLIATIVE WING
Providence Healthcare’s redesigned and updated ward adds family friendly features including a family room and children’s play area, laundry facilities and a business centre with internet connection and printer. “Families will be better able to spend extended periods of time together with dying loved ones when they don’t face the pressures of childcare, missing work or even just ordinary household chores calling them away from the hospital,” said Providence officials.

WELCOME DR. CHRISTOPHER MACKINNON
Virtual Hospice welcomes Christopher MacKinnon to our National Peer Review Committee for the Exchange. Chris is the senior palliative care psychologist at the McGill University Health Center and director of a private group practice in Montreal. Chris holds an academic appointment in the Department of Oncology at McGill and is involved in several ongoing research studies across Canada. Chris was also the content writer for MyGrief.ca.

CALENDAR


November 15-17, 2016. First Nations Health Managers Conference. Vancouver, BC. Elder Roberta Price, Indigenous Voices co-lead Kali Leary and Virtual Hospice's Marissa, will be presenting Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief.

November 19, 2016. Canadian Cancer Action Network - Cancer Conversations that Matter. Toronto, ON.

January 25-28, 2017. Canadian Nursing Students Association Conference, Winnipeg, MB. We are excited to meet you at our booth!

April 7-8, 2017. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Innovative approaches to optimal cancer care in Canada. Toronto, ON.

April 23-25, 2017. Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference. Richmond Hill, ON.

April 30-May 2, 2017. Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Winnipeg, MB.

 
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