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ENEWS -- June 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON
FINDING PEACE AT THE END OF LIFE
As the end of life nears, people experience a variety of emotions, ranging from satisfaction at a life well lived to guilt and regret. In this issue of eNews, we focus on resources that can help you or someone you are caring for find peace at the end of life.

GUILT, REGRET, FORGIVENESS, RECONCILIATION
We all want our story to end well, but feelings of guilt and regret can stand in the way. In a new article, Virtual Hospice’s Rev. Glen Horst, recipient of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care’s Award of Education Excellence, discusses these obstacles and offers suggestions for finding a way to forgiveness, reconciliation, and emotional and spiritual healing.

For Everyone
VIDEOS FROM OUR GALLERY

For Everyone
HELPING YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND

For Professionals
TOOLS FOR PRACTICE

For Patients and Families
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Facing the end of life can be emotionally demanding and at times you may feel alone. Join our Discussion Forums to connect with others sharing similar experiences. Here’s what community members are talking about:

For Patients and Families
ASKED AND ANSWERED
  • How do I let go of my anxiety about death and about the meaning of life? Read our answer.
  • Our family is helping to care for our mother who’s dying. My sister seems very angry that our mother is dying. Is this a normal part of the grieving process? Read our answer.

NEWS

FUNDING SUPPORTS TECHNOLOGY IN ELDER AND PALLIATIVE CARE
The Government of Canada announced $23.9 million to create the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (Tech Value Net) Centre of Excellence. Tech Value Net will develop, evaluate and disseminate information about the use of various technologies in the diagnosis, treatment or palliative care of elderly patients. Based at Queen's University, it is led by Scientific Director Dr. Daren Heyland, chaired by the Honourable Sharon Carstairs and Michelle MacDonald is the new Executive Director.

COMMUNITY-INTEGRATED HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED
On June 12 federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced $3 million for The Way Forward: Moving Towards Community-Integrated Hospice Palliative Care in Canada, an initiative of the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada, of which Virtual Hospice is a member. This three year initiative will develop and implement community integrated models of palliative care across Canada and is being managed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

MCGILL SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR HOSPICE VISITING STUDY
Staying connected is important to hospice patients and families. A new study by Dr. Karyn Moffat of McGill University seeks to better understand communication needs in hospice care. Dr. Moffat is seeking family members and friends to interview about visiting a loved one who died in hospice at least 6 months ago and within the last 5 years. To participate or learn more, visit the website or contact Dr. Karyn Moffat at 514-398-1878.

YOU ASKED: WHO FUNDS VIRTUAL HOSPICE?
People often ask about Virtual Hospice's funding and staff. Canadian Virtual Hospice receives $300,000 a year from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Last year we also received $30,000 from The Winnipeg Foundation to develop our Caregiver Video series. We operate with only 3.4 full-time equivalent positions. With the exception of our nurse specialists, our clinical team members provide services on a consulting basis. We are grateful for donations of time by our National Advisory Committee and National Peer Review Committee members, and many others across the country who help us serve Canadians.

HOW IS YOUR CANCERVIEW.CA EXPERIENCE?
Cancerview.ca, Canada’s connection to quality cancer resources, wants to hear from you about your experience using their site. Your feedback will help Cancerview.ca improve user experience. Click to participate in the survey.

AWARD-WINNING HOSPICES!
Hospices provide compassionate care for those nearing end of life and their families. Join us in congratulating these hospices on their award-winning work.

TAKE A BOW!

REMEMBERING DR. ELIZABETH LATIMER
Dr. Elizabeth Latimer, Canadian palliative care innovator, died on April 28. Elizabeth was known for her exemplary contributions to palliative care throughout her 39 years as a palliative care physician, professor and international lecturer. She received the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Award of Excellence in Palliative Care in 1999.

MUSIC THERAPY BIBLIOGRAPHY NOW AVAILABLE
The Bibliography for Music Therapy in Hospice Palliative Care is now available on Virtual Hospice. Developed by Mary H. Rykov, this collection of references outlines the use of music therapy in the treatment and care of adults and children at end of life.

DR. PETER KIRK JOINS NATIONAL PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE
Virtual Hospice welcomes Dr. Peter Kirk to its National Peer Review Committee. Dr. Kirk is a palliative care specialist who was, until recently, the Clinical Director at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand. Previously he has worked at Victoria Hospice and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. We are privileged to welcome him as a member of our team.

CALENDAR

JUNE IS ALS AWARENESS MONTH
Visit the ALS Society of Canada’s website for more information and resources.


Canadian Nurses Association Biennial Convention, Vancouver BC, June 18-20, 2012 – visit us at our booth and attend our presentation Wednesday, June 20 at 10 am!

Hospice Palliative Care Manitoba Conference, Winnipeg MB, September 20-21, 2012

Centre for Research on Aging and Health Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care: Tools for Change Conference, Toronto ON, October 17, 2012

19th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal QC, October 9-12, 2012

Bereavement Ontario Network Conference, Geneva ON, October 10-12, 2012

Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Conference, Ottawa ON, October 11-14, 2012

Ontario Community Support Workers Association Conference, Markham ON, October 15, 2012

Covenant Health Annual Conference, Edmonton AB, September 30, 2012

Canadian Home Care Association Conference, Vancouver BC, October 23-25, 2012


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