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External Resources

We have put together a list of resources that you may find helpful including grief & loss support, resources for patients and caregivers and a list of other hospices. 

You can also learn more about Hospice Halifax’s Programs and Services as we offer regular one-on-one counselling, support groups, and programs. 

Are you a healthcare professional? We have a dedicated resource page for healthcare professionals

Grief & Loss Resources

Grief Support Groups in Nova Scotia

We have compiled a list of the many support groups available across Nova Scotia.

211 Nova Scotia

Search lists and maps to find community and social services across Nova Scotia. Resources include grief and loss support groups as well as information on continuing care, older adult services, disability services, community and cultural services, food support, and financial and legal services.

Nova Scotia Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team provides confidential, emergency mental health support for children, youth, and adults. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis in Nova Scotia, call 902-429-8167 or toll free 1-888-429-8167. This telephone service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line

provides crisis intervention for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress.The hotlines are toll-free and available to help 24/7, or go to your closest emergency department.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

A collection of grief-related articles and resources. The Canadian Virtual Hospice hosts a moderated, free-of-charge group forum for website visitors who create a username and password.

A free, confidential Canadian online resource developed by families and grief experts.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Centre

Nation-wide free counselling and a crisis line.

Upopolis Grief Pop-Up (Youth)

Safe and secure, private online community, that connects youth (ages 10-18) who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Resources for Patients & Caregivers

Nova Scotia Health Authority Palliative Care

Nova Scotia Health Authority Palliative Care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying for patients under its care. Staff are ready to assist patients and families with decision and care options.

Government of Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Continuing Care Programs

Long-term and short-term continuing care services are available for eligible Nova Scotians who need care outside of the hospital, in their home or community.

Personal Directive

Personal Directive is a free app that is available from the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. This helps you to document who will speak for you, and follow your wishes/ directions for care, in the event you cannot speak for yourself.

Information Booklet

Here is an Information Booklet to help you and loved ones prepare for living at the end of life.

Caregivers Nova Scotia

Caregivers Nova Scotia provides support and education for unpaid caregivers, raises public awareness about caregiving, and influences public policy.

Canadian Red Cross Home Care Services

The Canadian Red Cross offers personal support and homemaking services to support seniors and those recovering from illness or injury to live independently. Services include personal care, home management, and respite and companion care.

VON Greater Halifax

The Victorian Order of Nurses provides preventative care, medical care, and supportive care through nursing, personal and home support, corporate health, and volunteer services. VON also provides training for caregiver volunteers and will help you access this support through its volunteer program.

Advance Care Planning – Speak Up

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association developed Speak Up, an advance care planning campaign, to encourage Canadians to reflect and communicate their wishes about their future health and personal care preferences in the event they are unable to communicate.

Hospice Palliative Care Associations, Frameworks, and Hospices

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association

The provincial body for hospice palliative care in Nova Scotia. The association promotes the philosophy and principles of palliative care through networking, public and professional education, advocacy and research.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

The association advances and advocates for quality end of life and hospice care in Canada. Its work includes shaping public policy and public education and awareness.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The organization is the largest not-for-profit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. It is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care.

World Health Organization Palliative Care

The World Health Organization states that palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families who face life-threatening illness by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychosocial support from diagnosis to the end of life and bereavement.

The Way Forward National Framework

Published in March 2015, this final framework is a roadmap for an integrated palliative approach to care in Canada.

Hospice of Greater Saint John, New Brunswick

Hospice of Greater Saint John operates Bobby’s Hospice, a 10-bed palliative care facility, and The Hospice Shoppe, an upscale second-hand boutique in Saint John. The hospice envisions compassionate care that celebrates life and quality hospice palliative care for all.