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ENEWS -- April/May 2016
  SPOTLIGHT ON
MYGRIEF.CA

During National Hospice palliative Care Week Virtual Hospice is pleased to launch two new services to support children and adults who are grieving.

MYGRIEF.CA
An online support for people working through grief and loss or supporting someone who is grieving. It is free for Canadians and confidential. MyGrief.ca was developed by a pan-Canadian team of researchers, educators, health care providers and family members who have “been there.” Funding was provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Unique in the world it allows people to learn about grief from the comfort of their own home, at any time of the day or night, at their own pace. MyGrief.ca covers nine topics including: grieving an expected loss, making sense of intense emotions, managing difficult situations, caring for yourself and more. MyGrief.ca includes 115 short video clips of people sharing their personal experiences of grief, cultural perspectives and advice.

Thank you to the storytellers, team members and partners for helping to make MyGrief.ca a reality.

KIDSGRIEVE2
KidsGrieve2 Q&A connects families, professional and volunteers with expert advice on supporting children and youth who are grieving a death or an expected death. In this public web forum on May 4, 2016 from 1-2pm EST, Andrea Warnick, a national children’s grief expert answers your questions. Email: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca to participate. You will receive an email with a link to access the online event. Can’t join live? Submit your questions to: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca. A recorded version will be posted in the Canadian Virtual Hospice Gallery within 7 days.
 
FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES AND TOOLS ON GRIEF
  • Connect with people who have "been there" on our Discussion Forums. In the thread: Alone community member RD writes “My husband of 41 years has been gone for a few months. I am struggling, trying to figure out how to carry on. I was married young at 16 and if I had an identity then, I have forgotten what it was. For the last 41 years its been us. I feel lost.” Contact our community moderator, Katherine Cullihall at katherine@virtualhospice.ca if you need help getting started.
  • Looking for resources to support children who have an ill or dying friend or family member, or who have experienced the death of someone close to them? Read our Asked and Answered.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCES AND TOOLS ON GRIEF
  • The Bereavement Risk Assessment Tool is a psychosocial assessment tool used by care team members to communicate personal, interpersonal and situational factors that may place a caregiver or family member at greater risk for a significantly negative bereavement experience.
  • The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading a Bereavement Support Group provides a roadmap for facilitating support groups for bereaved caregivers, it offers practical strategies for creating and maintaining a productive environment for mourners. Logistical considerations such as setting up and publicizing a new group are also discussed.
 
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
POSTER – PALLIATIVE CARE FOR COMPLEX CONTINUING CARE AND LONG TERM CARE PATIENTS
The utility of the Gold Standards Framework Prognostic Indicator Guideline© (GSF-PIG©) to Identify Patients Requiring a Palliative Approach to Care in Complex Continuing Care and Long Term Care poster by Daphna Grossman MD et al. is now available on the Exchange. In this study, the GSF-PIG© was introduced to interdisciplinary health care teams working in complex continuing care and long term care units to increase teams awareness of patients approaching the end of life who would benefit from palliative care.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN PALLIATIVE, END OF LIFE AND BEREAVEMENT CARE
Social work plays an important role in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care. This document was created to help people benefit from good social work at the end of life and ensure that their families are supported during grief and bereavement. Developed by the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers, in collaboration with the former College of Social Work and Making Waves Lived Experience Network/OPEN FUTURES Research, British Association of Social Workers and Hospice UK.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – AM I SAFE?
Highlights of an environmental scan by the The Canadian Home Care Association on the availability and use of tools to support conversations about patient safety in the home.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE- PRINCIPLES OF OPIOID MANAGEMENT
In this updated clinical practice guideline developed by Fraser Health Region, recommendations are provided for the assessment and symptom management of seriously ill adult patients who require opioids to manage pain.

FOR EVERYONE
YOUR STORIES – SHATTERED
In this Your Story a woman shares the impact of the death of two husbands on her relationships with her sons.


 

NEWS


HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE FIRST
National Hospice Palliative Care Week is May 1-7, 2016. The theme this year is "Hospice Palliative Care First." Stay tuned as we will be featuring three new projects to support people living with advanced illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them – LivingMyCulture.ca, MyGrief.ca and KidsGrieve2 during hospice palliative care week.

CONGRATULATIONS TO HPCO AWARD WINNERS
At Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s (HPCO) annual conference the following individuals received awards for outstanding contributions to quality hospice palliative care:
  • Vivian Papaiz - The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence
  • Dr. Adam Rapoport - The Dr. S Lawrence Librach Award for Palliative Medicine in the Community
  • Marvin Chantler - Outstanding Philanthropist Award
  • Over 50  hospice volunteers throughout Ontario received The June Callwood Award

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES ASSISTED-DYING BILL
The Government of Canada introduced legislation on April 14, 2016, to give dying patients in an advanced state irreversible decline, who are suffering intolerably from a serious illness, the choice of medical-assistance in dying. The introduction of this bill responds to the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to strike down laws that prohibit physician-assisted dying in Canada (the Carter decision).

OPEN LETTER CALLING FOR A NATIONAL RIGHT TO PALLIATIVE CARE IN CANADA
The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians is a signatory to an Open Letter that was sent to the Prime Minister, Justice Minister, and Health Minister of Canada on April 13th, as part of nation-wide call to include a right to palliative care in assisted dying legislation. If you would like to endorse the letter personally click here.

ACCREDITATION CANADA FEATURES VIRTUAL HOSPICE
A story about Virtual Hospice was recently featured in Accreditation Canada's Quality Matters Spring/Summer 2016 publication. This issue focused on technology. Read the full story here.

ABBOTSFORD’S FIRST ADULT HOSPICE RESIDENCE
Congratulations to Abbotsford Hospice Society on the opening of Holmberg House! On April 18 Holmberg House welcomed their first resident.

PERCEPTIONS OF PALLIATIVE CARE
Early palliative care is increasingly recommended but rarely practiced. Camilla Zimmermann et al.’s article Perceptions of palliative care among patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers shares insights from a study that compared attitudes and perceptions about palliative care of patients with advanced cancer, and their caregivers who received early palliative care versus standard care.

GROWING ONTARIO’S HOSPICE VOLUNTEER CAPACITY

 
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and Saint Elizabeth have teamed up to make online learning accessible to thousands of hospice volunteers across Ontario. The partners are working collaboratively to update and transform existing classroom-based training into self-directed interactive e-learning modules for volunteers. Virtual Hospice videos are featured in the training.

CANADIAN SOCIETY OF PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIANS 2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to Dr. Ina Cummings on receiving the CSPCP Lifetime Achievement Award and to Dr. Robin Fainsinger, recipient of the Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine. Dr. Cummings and Dr. Fainsinger will be honoured at CSPCP's Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Ottawa on May 13th, 2016.

CELEBRATING DR. PAUL HENTELEFF
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Henteleff, Manitoba’s father of palliative care! On May 12, 2016, Dr. Henteleff will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine convocation luncheon. Dr. Henteleff’s work has been pivotal in the development of palliative care in Manitoba and influenced the progress and direction of palliative care across Canada.
 

CALENDAR


May 6, 2016. Newfoundland and Labrador Palliative Care Association Annual Conference. St. John’s, NL.

May 10, 2016. Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice’s Marissa Ambalina will be presenting and is excited to meet you at the booth.

May 11-13, 2016. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference, Halifax, NS. Virtual Hospice's Shane Sinclair, Shelly Cory, and Marissa Ambalina will be presenting. Drop by our booth.

May 12-14, 2016. Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference, Ottawa, ON. See you at the booth.

May 16-17, 2016. John K. Friesen Conference: Late Life Issues and Innovations, Vancouver, BC.

May 24-27, 2016. Canadian Pain Association Annual Scientific Program, Vancouver, BC. Virtual Hospice looks forward to seeing you at the booth.

May 25-27, 2016. Dignity Therapy Training Workshop, Winnipeg, MB.

May 26-27, 2016. Indigenous Health Conference, Toronto, ON. Indigenous Voices team member Carrie Bourassa will be presenting "Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief."

May 26-28, 2016. Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association Annual Conference, Sydney, NS.

May 27-28, 2016. British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Vancouver, BC. Our Executive Director Shelly Cory will be presenting a plenary and is looking forward to seeing you at the booth.

May 30-31, 2016. Canadian Nursing Education conference, Toronto, ON.

June 2-3, 2016. North Simcoe Muskoka Conference: Hot Trends and Topics in Hospice Palliative Care, Casino Rama, Orillia. Virtual Hospice's Shelly Cory will be presenting.

June 3-5, 2016. Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s Learning Institute, Banff, AB.

June 6-7, 2016. National Health Leadership Conference, Ottawa, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Shelly Cory will be presenting.

June 20-22, 2016. Canadian Nurses Association Biennial Convention, Saint John , NB. Virtual Hospice's Katherine Cullihall and Indigenous Voices team member Debbie Mckenzie will be presenting.

October 18-21, 2016. International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, QB. Virtual Hospice will be presenting on our new online tools and is excited to meet you at the booth.

October 24-25, 2016. Palliative Care Education and Research Days. Edmonton, AB.
 
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