Cowichan Hospice

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Cowichan Hospice provides emotional and practical support, information and resources to those with serious illness, to their caregivers and to those grieving the death of a loved one. Services are confidential and free of charge and available to anyone in the Cowichan region.

Support is provided by experienced staff and volunteers who offer skilled companioning in difficult and tender times. Clients are served in their homes, in Cowichan Hospice House, in hospital, at residential care facilities and in our Community Services office. When indoor meetings aren’t possible, support is offered by phone, video or meetings in the hospice garden, offering comfort and connection during a time of worry, loneliness and isolation.

Each individual client’s needs and choices are met with sensitivity and respect, and Cowichan Hospice is committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment for clients, volunteers and staff.

As we work to meet developing needs in the community, bereavement care at Cowichan Hospice is expanding to support more individuals and families who have been impacted by traumatic deaths – deaths during pandemic conditions, due to suicide and due to toxic drug supply.

Cowichan Hospice House

Since its opening in November of 2020, more than 140 people have lived their last days in peace and comfort in Cowichan Hospice House. Operated by Island Health in partnership with Cowichan Hospice, the House supports living well at the end of life. Medical care focusses on easing challenging symptoms while respecting each person’s needs and priorities, and Cowichan Hospice staff and volunteers provide whole-person, wraparound support for patients and their caregivers and loved ones.

Cowichan Hospice is honoured to provide care in the unceded traditional and ancestral territories of the Quw’utsun, Stz’uminus, Halalt, Lyackson, Penelukut, Ts’uubaa-asatx, Ditidaht and Malahat people.

Our Impact

In 2021, 806 people in the Cowichan Region were served by one or more Cowichan Hospice programs:

Support for those who are grieving – 287
Support for people living with serious illness – 248
Support for family members – 240
Patients at Cowichan Hospice House – 94 (plus their loved ones)

Read more impact information here.

Your generosity helps people like Glenn and his wife Diane navigate their most difficult times.

Glenn had lived with cancer for 24 years when he became too ill to be cared for at home and was welcomed to Cowichan Hospice House to be cared for in his final days. For Diane, Cowichan Hospice House was “an island of sanity,” both for the care Glenn received and the support she received as a caregiver.

“When we first entered it was an enormous relief. I felt I was in a place that I could recharge myself to be a help for Glenn. You don’t feel like you’re in an institution. You feel like you’re in a sacred place…to share that final journey with the one you love.

There was sadness and hurt, but there was beauty, such a rich experience, because the hospice team was there to help me.”

– Diane

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Legal Name

Cowichan Valley Hospice Society

Charity Number

118878388 RR 0001

How your gift will be used

Your Gift Will Provide

One-to-one whole-person support for those living with serious illness and their families: In homes, in Cowichan Hospice House, in hospital, at residential care facilities and at our Community Services office

One-to-one grief support: An opportunity to connect with a trained volunteer for emotional support after the loss of a loved one

Grief support group: A supportive and confidential environment to connect and share with others who have experienced similar losses

Traumatic loss group: For those who have experienced the unexpected and traumatic death of a loved one

Wellness treatments for clients and their family caregivers: e.g. Reiki and Therapeutic Touch

Walking group: An opportunity to get outside and walk and talk with volunteers

Cowichan Hospice library and resource materials

Community referrals

Cowichan Hospice volunteer training: Volunteers receive training, ongoing education, and supervision so they may properly support clients through palliative and grief journeys

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