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 if you need assistance or information on Life-Limiting Illness Diagnosis, Caregiving, Grief and Loss.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

To explore PCSBV grief-supports, contact Bill Harder, our Palliative and Grief Support Navigator. 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 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. Below are resources you may access to support your ongoing caregiver wellness.

Grief & Loss Navigation

If someone in your life has died you have our compassion. The path of grief is tiring and can be difficult to navigate. This page is a resource for you as you seek to make sense of your loss and the experience of grief. The resources below provide links to numerous websites that offer tools and information regarding grief and loss.

Grief is a quintessential human experience; if we Love we will grieve. If we care about/are invested in something or someone we will grieve when there is a loss. For support on your grief journey connect with our Palliative and Grief Support Navigator HERE.