Hospice Palliative Care Week - May 4-10

Mayor Joanne Monaghan, on behalf of Council, has proclaimed May 4 to 10 Hospice Palliative Care Week to help raise awareness about access to quality end-of-life care in Kitimat and to recognize the volunteer efforts of the Kitimat Palliative Care Association.

"They do a great service to our community and I want to thank them for that," said Mayor Monaghan. "They are always there when someone is in need of that type of care."

Coinciding with Hospice Palliative Care Week is a special event Saturday, May 3 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the Kitimat General Hospital & Health Centre. Mary Gavan, a Celtic Palliative Nurse, will share life stories told with delight, humour and fondness. Delivered with a comforting viewpoint in a soft and lifting voice, these stories honour the dying and pay tribute to the family, friends and volunteers who enhance the journey of dying.

On Saturday, May 10, everyone is invited to participate in a Hike for Hospice around Kildala Neighbourhood. Registration is at 9:30 am at Riverlodge with the walk starting at 10:00. Refreshments to follow.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan (front) signing proclamation for Hospice Palliative Care Week in Kitimat. Also pictured (left to right) are Councillor Rob Goffinet and three other Hospice Board members: Maria Da Silva, Frank Da Silva and Joneen Flaherty.

About the Kitimat Hospice Palliative Care Association

The members of the Hospice Board are visiting volunteers and sit with those persons designated palliative.

What this means is that family, caregivers and friends can leave for a couple of hours to take care of other things such as grabbing a meal, making family arrangements, contacting people who need to know what is happening, getting some sleep, or just taking a few minutes for themselves.

We are not a religious affiliated group but do respect all religions. We do not charge fees.

We are also educators, hence our recently entering a training partnership with Northwest Community College. We provide information to the public in regards the life cycle and that death is a natural part of it.

We hand out the 'My Voice' booklet to allow people to start thinking about and talking with their loved ones about how they want their final days handled as well as their medical and financial wishes.

As part of the education, we bring in speakers who provide interesting takes on the processes of death such as Mary Gavan, who will be in Kitimat on Saturday, May 3. Again, there is no fee.

~ Joneen Flaherty