It’s Time to Talk About Grief and Loss in Peterborough #GriefDayCA2017

“Fear costs more than grief.” – Brené Brown

November 21 marks the first annual Bereavement Day in Canada (#GriefDayCA2017). The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites all Canadians to reflect on the importance of relationships past and present, to think about those who have passed from our lives, and to advocate for supports at provincial and national levels for grieving Canadians.

To recognize #GriefDayCA2017, Hospice Peterborough has posted a number of grief-related resources on its website plus a book review of Megan Divine’s ‘It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand.’ For those who have experienced the death of someone they are connected to, Hospice also offers a progression of grief programs that encourage a process of accepting the loss and moving forward with new strategies to cope as the reality of life and death changes our lives.

During a typical week of grief programming at Hospice:

  • 30 people attend Lunch for the Recently Bereaved and Grief Chat for the Recently Bereaved
  • 51 people attend Adult Grief Recovery Groups
  • 10 children attend Children’s Grief Group
  • 8 children attend Children’s Monthly Grief Check-In
  • 2 teens receive one-on-one grief support
  • 12 people attend the Bereaved Parent Support Group
  • 10 individuals attend the Suicide Survivors Group

Hospice Peterborough programs and services are offered free of charge to residents of all ages living in the City and County of Peterborough.

Grief provides an opportunity to address the pain of loss. Although it can feel unbearable, engaging in grief support is worth the struggle as it helps release emotion that we unknowingly carry with us – emotion that impacts our health and quality of life.

Please contact Hospice to learn more, register or make a self-referral. If you or someone you know is grieving, Hospice staff are here to help connect you with the support you need. Remember, you are not alone.

Other Grief Resources Recommended by Hospice Peterborough:

Hospice Peterborough Open House

Hospice Peterborough invites the community to an open house where updated architectural designs will be unveiled for the new 10-bed and community programming care centre. 

The new Hospice Peterborough care centre will fill a gap in care by enhancing palliative services in our community – creating a truly rich community asset for people at the end of life and for those living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief.

The new London Street building will provide a welcoming, accessible space for Hospice Peterborough’s home support program, day program, caregiver support, grief programs, family support, wellness programming and administrative offices. The scope of Hospice is also expanding to include 10 private bedrooms, offering another choice for end of life care in the community and the first hospice care beds to exist in the City and County of Peterborough. This will complete Hospice’s transition to become a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care and grief support in our community.

We look forward to seeing you on December 1st. 

MPP Jeff Leal opens funding doors for Hospice Peterborough

Today Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal announced that Hospice Peterborough will receive $2 million from the Ministry of Health to help fund the costs of the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre.

The Ministry of Health has made hospice palliative care a priority area in our province. In the past 3 years, there have been exceptional strides in innovative practice and funding to support new initiatives.

“Today’s $2M funding announcement means so much for our community and it marks a significant milestone in the Every Moment Matters campaign.  These funds support the additional capital costs associated with the structural deficiencies identified in the spring and our need to demolish and redesign our community program wing” says Linda, Sunderland, Executive Director.

Combined with generous Every Moment Matters donations and outstanding pledges still to be received, this Ontario Ministry of Health capital funding means we have reached our expanded fundraising goal!

With renewed energy Hospice Peterborough Volunteers and Staff will now focus on building and preparing for individuals and their families and friends who will need 24/7 end–of-life care and enhanced community programs for those living with life-threatening illness and grief. Completing the project as soon as possible is important because every delay negatively impacts Hospice clients.

Sunderland continued to say, “I want to emphasize the significant difference each and every donor, volunteer and funder has made during the Every Moment Matters campaign. YOU have all made a difference in the lives of those living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief. YOU are helping build a legacy of compassionate care for our community. So thank YOU all”.

Hospice Peterborough Care Centre Update

At Hospice Peterborough we know how important it is to say goodbye. On September 12th, many gathered at 325 London Street to remember and celebrate the impact Langton House had on those who may have lived, worked, visited or admired the home. Those in attendance were invited to ‘tie a ribbon’ to the construction fence to recognize and give thanks to the building. These ribbons will remain on the fence throughout the construction process. Those in our community who wish to add their ribbon to the fence are welcome to do so. For more information please contact Hospice Peterborough at (705) 742-4042 or .

Over the summer months work continued to finalize our revised contract with Mortlock Construction and the basic updated design for Heeney House. It certainly was difficult watching the demolition of Langton House as we had so many hopes and dreams connected with the building. With Langton House gone the construction site for the Hospice Peterborough Care Centre looks very different.

Moving forward with the innovative new design being created by Lett Architects is renewing our excitement and offering new opportunities to serve our clients and families. We are working on a two level design that will match seamlessly with the Hospice Residence Wing. There will be a common entrance and improved accessibility between both wings. Lett Architects is designing an open, light-filled building that will offer enhanced community programming space on both levels with walkouts to accessible garden areas and a porch. We are looking forward to revealing the new design in November – stay tuned for more details.

Our Design and Furnishings Committee will continue their work to ensure a welcoming, homelike atmosphere that is vital for the programs and services we offer.

We remain committed to building the best possible hospice for our community and are working to complete this project as soon as possible as we know delays in the project negatively impact Hospice clients and their families. The new completion date is December 2018.

On July 14th, 2017 the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) announced new capital funding to support the building of residential hospices across the province. With the support of our Central East Local Health Integration Network, Hospice Peterborough immediately applied for funding. We have been in contact with the MOH and are waiting for a response. The results of the funding application will dictate what we need to do to complete our Every Moment Matters campaign. Our community and our Municipalities have been so generous; we truly hope the Province provides the funds needed to help complete our campaign.


Community Memory Ceremony

Tie Your Ribbon

Community Memory Ceremony
September 12, 2017
at 11AM
325 London Street, Peterborough
At Hospice Peterborough we know how important it is to say goodbye. Join us to acknowledge the role Langton House has played in our life’s journey. Before the home is demolished, Hospice is providing an opportunity for everyone who may have lived, worked, visited or simply admired this building to remember and celebrate the meaning the space had for them.
For more information please contact Hospice Peterborough
by phone: (705) 742-4042 OR .

Annual General Meeting

Hospice Peterborough Care Centre Update – June 6, 2017

Peterborough – Hospice Peterborough has reached a crossroads with its Care Centre project at 325 London Street and must decide the best way forward that will serve our community for decades to come. Under advisement of an expert Hospice team the organization is being directed to explore two options with regards to the existing Victorian home on the property. Continue reading Hospice Peterborough Care Centre Update – June 6, 2017