Hospice Peterborough Announces New Medical Director

Hospice Peterborough is pleased to announce that Dr. John Beamish has accepted the position of Medical Director for the new Hospice Residence being constructed at 325 London Street in Peterborough. The 10-bed Residence will provide around-the-clock, active, end-of-life care, in a supportive environment for Hospice clients and family members – a first for our community. The Residence will be a place where the focus is on compassionate care not cure, and where it will be fine to slow the clock, breathe fresh air through the windows and perhaps hear the birds one last time.

In 1988 Dr. Beamish was one of the founding members of Hospice Peterborough and has been a continuous presence with the organization since that time, offering support to staff and volunteers, and most lately as a member of our Every Moment Matters Campaign Cabinet. In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Beamish will provide medical insight and leadership to both the Hospice Residence and the Peterborough Palliative Care Community Team.

“For those working in the front lines of palliative care, the opening of this new building is the realization of a long held dream of Hospice Peterborough becoming a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care,” said Dr. Beamish. “I am excited to work with the team seeking to transform the dream into a vital, vibrant part of our caring community.”

Please join Hospice Peterborough in welcoming Dr. Beamish into this new role – which will enable the organization to strengthen local communities by offering another choice for end of life care alongside its long-standing home support program, day program, grief programs, caregiver, family and wellness support programming.

Grief and the Holidays

At this time of year, enjoying the holidays can feel difficult if you are grieving. You may even feel guilty for being joyful (even if it is fleeting) because joy and grief are often treated as opposite emotions that should not meet. After someone has died, it is important to be able to acknowledge pain and sadness during special occasions – to be able to integrate honouring the person into a time you may have typically enjoyed and looked forward to.

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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.

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