|ENEWS -- Summer 2016
Grieving children often don’t receive the support they need. Virtual Hospice is working with partners to provide a variety of supports for adults who care for, teach, coach and interact with children to promote healthy grieving.
MyGrief.ca is expanding! Thanks to funding from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Program, a team of children's grief experts is starting work on KidsGrieve2 – It takes a village to support a grieving child. These interactive modules will cover how grief manifests in children; how to talk about dying and death in an age-appropriate manner; how to prepare children for funerals and memorials; how to recognize signs that children need more help. Children will benefit from a healthier, more open approach to end-of-life and death where they are encouraged to ask questions, receive honest answers, and are prepared and well-supported. Andrea Warnick, Virtual Hospice team member and national children’s grief expert will lead the development of this project.
Andrea is also the host of our monthly KidsGrieve2 Q&A’s - a free online forum where you can ask questions and receive expert advice on supporting children who are grieving a death or an expected death. The next event will take place on September 13, 2016 at 1pm Eastern Time. To participate email: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca. To watch previously recorded events click below:
COMING SOON: Stay tuned as we will be releasing three new Topics articles on supporting grieving children this fall.
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE
RESOURCE – CONVERSATIONS ON DYING: A PALLIATIVE CARE PIONEER FACES HIS OWN DEATH
||“Larry proved that the ‘good death’ isn’t a myth. It can be done, and he showed us how.” Author Phil Dwyer, shares intimate and honest conversations with Dr. Larry Librach about his end-of-life experience with pancreatic cancer. Larry was a leader in palliative care who helped thousands of patients to die well.
VIDEOS – NEW ONLINE TOOLS FROM VIRTUAL HOSPICE
|If you weren’t able to participate in the webinars launching our new online tools, you can watch the recordings.
- MyGrief.ca Webinar by Christopher Mackinnon, Psychologist, Palliative Care Unit, McGill University Health Center
- Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief Webinar (41:52) by Kali Leary, Director, First Nations, Metis & Inuit Cancer Control, CancerCare Manitoba
- LivingMyCulture.ca Webinar (39:15) by Glen Horst, Virtual Hospice Spiritual Care Advisor
- Methadone4Pain.ca (51:42) by Pippa Hawley, Head, Division of Palliative Care, Depant of Medicine, University of British Columbia
UPDATE - MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING
PARAMEDICS PROVIDE KEY SUPPORT TO PALLIATIVE PATIENTS
||Alberta Health Services has implemented the "Assess, Treat and Refer" program. This program allows paramedics to manage symptoms in a patient's home. “It was an absolutely gigantic difference, just from the perspective of going to the hospital. Because it’s a one-way trip. When you’re in the situation that we were, that it had been clearly decided that Myles wanted to be at home, a program like this is just invaluable.” Read the full article in Hospital News (page 20).
INTERVIEW WITH A PALLIATIVE CARE NURSE ON CARING FOR THE DYING
||Virtual Hospice community moderator Katherine Cullihall was interviewed by UMToday to get her professional and personal thoughts on caring for the dying. She shares her story about caring for her dying husband Henry. Katherine has been caring for patients in palliative care for over 30 years.
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: THE DIFFERENCE AN EXCHANGE ARTICLE MAKES
||A major university hospital in Amsterdam is exploring a collaboration with a physician in Ontario after reading an article posted in The Exchange. In this Virtual Hospice feature you will find leading edge research summaries, current issues, innovative programs and clinical best practices. Submit a summary of your work and open up a world of possibilities!
CULTURE AND END OF LIFE
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY 2016 AWARD WINNERS
||Congratulations to award recipients at the annual CAPO conference:
- Life Time Achievement Award - Gina Mackenzie, MSW
- Award for Clinical Excellence - Sarah Sample, MSW
- CAPO Innovation Award - Dr. Carole Mayer, RSW, PhD
- Early Career Investigator Award - Dr. Jennifer Brunet, PhD
BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY USES VIRTUAL HOSPICE IN CURRICULUM
||Idaho’s metropolitan research university, Boise State University is using several videos from our Gallery for training nurses. We are happy to share our resources with our neighbours in the United States.
HAVE YOU RUN OUT OF MYGRIEF.CA TISSUES? LIVINGMYCULTURE.CA TEAS?
||Our summer student Danielle, has been busy sending out packages with MyGrief.ca, Indigenous Voices and LivingMyCulture.ca promotional material. To date, we have sent out thousands of postcards, tissue and tea packets. If you’ve run out of your supply of promotional material please email us. Thank you for sharing our new resources with your colleagues, volunteers and the patients and families that you care for.
August 2-5, 2016. World Communication Association North America Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice team members Shelly Cory, Rev. Dr. Glen Horst and Marissa Ambalina will be presenting a workshop “Improving Culture And Communication in Health Care.”
August 9-11, 2016. National Hospice and Palliative Care Association Virtual Conference: Challenges on the Front Lines: Effective Approaches to Complex Cases.
September 22-23, 2016. Palliative Manitoba Conference. Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice team members will be presenting two keynote speeches, a number of sessions and exhibiting a booth.
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 20-22, 2016. Canadian Association of Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Montreal, QC.
October 20-23, 2016. Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Conference. Calgary, AB.
October 24-25, 2016. Palliative Care Education and Research Days. Edmonton, AB.
October 25-27,2016. Home Care Summit. Vancouver, BC
November 15-17, 2016. First Nations Health Managers Conference. Vancouver, BC. Virtual Hospice communications consultant Marissa Ambalina, and Indigenous Voices team members Kali Leary and Elder Roberta Price will be presenting Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief.
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