Heron Hospice Society of Delta (HHSD) will now offer counselling support to Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation land residents who are facing end of life or struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one.
“Dealing with loss, uncertainty, and change, as well as having to make decisions associated with an advanced illness, can be as difficult as the physical pain,” said Society President, Chris Pettypiece says.
Through counselling sessions, individuals will have a safe place to express their emotions without being judged.
At this time, one-on-one sessions with a registered counsellor will be held via telephone or Zoom. This new program was made possible by the success of the Heron Hospice Classic Golf Tournament held in September.
As well, the Society is finalizing a partnership with Fraser Health Authority to develop and provide volunteer services to individuals/families receiving palliative care in Delta. Specially trained hospice volunteers will complement health care services by providing information, companionship and comfort to individuals and families at the Irene Thomas Hospice or in the community.
“With the growth and scope of our operations, as well as anticipated increase in the ability to offer in-person services, we are actively pursuing arrangements to have a physical workspace to better facilitate and support our clients and volunteers,” added Pettypiece. “A new workspace will allow additional services including Therapeutic Touch, support group meetings, relaxation sessions and more so we hope to be settled in early next year. We are reminded regularly of how much this community cares about its citizens and how supportive they are of what we are creating through the Heron Hospice Society.”
Recently, Heron Hospice Society of Delta held its first annual general meeting. Elected to the board of directors were Hari Aroon, Kerry Bentley, Daniel Boisvert, Janice Peace and Wayne Peace. They join Pettypiece, Paul Witt, Decima Mitchell and Sharon Farrish to make up the 2021/22 board.
For more information about volunteering or counselling support, email email@example.com or leave a message at 604-245-7380.