NEED SUPPORT?

The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley is here to support you and your family.

We have resources and can point you in the right direction. Our services include support to those with life-limiting illness, at end-of-life, educational programs, and complementary grief & loss navigation.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

To explore PCSBV grief-supports, your are invited to contact Bill Harder our Palliative and Grief Support Navigator via phone at 403 458 0433 or email bill.harder@pcsbv.ca. You may book one-on-one sessions in-person (office or your home), or by phone/Zoom. The Navigator is also available to provide family consultations after a loss. 

Our Navigator is available to provide workshops/training sessions on navigating personal and/or professional loss/grief. Sessions are sculpted to the needs of the audience, from 30 minutes to half-day workshops. Contact the PCSBV Grief Support Navigator for more information.

Life-limiting Illness

What does a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness mean? A life-limiting illness is one for which there is no cure. This includes late-stage organ diseases such as COPD, heart, liver and kidney diseases. It also includes neurological conditions such as dementia, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. And of course, late-stage cancers are also in this group of diseases. When we do not know how to cure a disease we turn our focus from curative treatment to addressing quality of life at every stage of the disease progression. Ideally, the palliative approach to care begins the day of diagnosis and continues until death.

Caregiving

A loved-one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness; what does that mean for you? In an October 2021 Waiting Room Revolution podcast certified caregiver consultant, Elizabeth Miller, made the comment that when our loved-one is diagnosed we also receive a diagnosis - as a "caregiver". Healthy caregiving requires us to be intentional about self-care, monitoring the level of our own wellness tank while keeping an eye on the wellness of our loved-one.

Grief & Loss Navigation

For support on your grief journey please connect with our Palliative and Grief Support Navigator HERE.