Coping with Holidays and Special Days
Ideas to explore individually or as a family that might help reconcile the challenging emotions the holidays can bring.
Grief and Loss
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.
Canadian Mental Health Association
A brief description of grief as well as suggested tips to help you, or someone you know, navigate through the grief journey.
A variety of online resources to support children, adolescents, families, and adults experiencing anticipatory grief during a loved one’s terminal illness or bereavement after the loved one’s death. This list also includes a section about grieving during the holidays.
Fraser Canyon Hospice Society
A thorough guide called Understanding Loss, Grief, and Bereavement that looks at grief responses, grieving ‘styles,’ and suggestions for coping with and ‘integrating’ grief in healthy ways.
Canadian Virtual Hospice
A collection of grief and grief-related articles. The Canadian Virtual Hospice hosts a moderated, free-of-charge group forum for website visitors who create a username and password.
Patients and 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.
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.
Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides online support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, families, health care provides, researchers, and educators.
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.
Victoria Hospice, British Coloumbia
Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has provided end-of-life care since 1980. Its nurses, counsellors, spiritual caregivers, physicians and trained volunteers offer comfort for patients and support for families in their homes or in its 17-bed facility.