Hospice Videos

What Now? On the threshold of life, death and grief.

Presented by palliative and bereavement health care professionals Julie Brown, Red Keating and David Kennedy. Dying is one of the few experiences we will all share, yet little is done in our culture to prepare us for this inevitability and it's resulting bereavement and grief. Drawing on their vast knowledge and experience each episode is a conversation meant to enlighten and demystify the often difficult and emotional experiences of dying, death and bereavement. Presented in partnership with Hospice Peterborough.

Grief and the Holidays

The holiday season can be looked upon with dread for those that are grieving. Julie Brown, supportive care counsellor, offers her thoughts on grief and the holidays and invites you to participate in Hospice Peterborough's holiday event.

Paper dove templates can be found here.

Podcast Episodes

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Grief and the Holidays
Grief and the Holidays
Finding Meaning and Spirituality
Finding Meaning and Spirituality

Hospice Peterborough Podcast Back with Holiday Message of Support

The group discusses navigating the holidays when you are grieving. It can be a particularly hard time of year some may be dreading. The team discuss giving space and conversation to your grief through this season.

Hospice Peterborough podcast 'Conversations About Dying' features Julie Brown, David Kennedy and Red Keating discussing a variety of topics around death, dying, and grief. You can find all episodes for free on our YouTube channel.

Our Common Humanity ft. Brian Nicholls
Our Common Humanity ft. Brian Nicholls
Giving Space to Grief
Giving Space to Grief

Year 1: A Dream, A Nightmare - Dr. John Beamish

Dr. John Beamish, Medical Director of Hospice Peterborough, reflects on the first year at 325 London St. in his video ‘A Dream, A Nightmare.’

Hospice Peterborough extends their sincere thanks to Dr. Beamish. During the height of COVID-19, to limit the risk of exposure to the virus, Dr. Beamish cared for all of our Residents in our Care Centre for months, without a day off.

Dr. Beamish is also one of the founding members of Hospice Peterborough and a tireless advocate for hospice palliative care.  Our community has been so fortunate to benefit from his dedication and expertise for over 32 years. Thank you!

Palliative Medicine: The Last Responders
Palliative Medicine: The Last Responders ft. Dr. John Beamish
The Challenge of Dying in a World of Living
The Challenge of Dying in a World of Living
The Loss of Ritual
The Loss of Ritual

The Light Inside

Completed in 2015 in partnership with Director Neal Hicks, The Light Inside focuses on living with a life-threatening illness and bereavement – telling the intimate story of two families learning to live with death as a companion, not an enemy. The film helps to explain the work of hospice palliative care…the work of Hospice Peterborough.

Notice: This video contains personal and powerful local stories about life-threatening illness, death and bereavement. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or experienced the death of a loved one, please consider watching this video with someone for mutual support in case strong emotions arise. Hospice also offers support. Please reach out if need be: 705-742-4042

Moments That Matter

What does Hospice mean to you? 10 Hospice Peterborough clients, their family members, volunteers, and staff shared what Hospice means to them in this touching video.

This video was completed in June 2019.

Join Us for a Walk Through

We thought you might like to see the progress with your new Care Centre as of June 7, 2018. Please join our Executive Director Linda Sunderland and some of the team for a walking tour through the new building.


Fundraising and Events

Hike for Hospice

Who will you hike for in 2023? Hike for Hospice returns September 10 – 17!

For over twenty years, Hospice Peterborough’s annual Hike for Hospice has been bringing together passionate individuals and teams who want to keep end-of-life and bereavement support free in our community, while often offering a space to remember and honour loved ones who have died. 2023 will feature another ‘Hike Your Way’ event, in which ‘Hikers’ are welcome to walk, run, cycle, or move in whatever way suits them, to raise funds for those seeking the care of Hospice Peterborough.

Events will take place virtually between September 10 – 17. More details to come!

More information on the event, registration, and fundraising can all be accessed at easypledge.ca/hospice-peterborough

Giving to Hospice Peterborough

Death often brings a financial burden, which is why Hospice Peterborough is dedicated to providing our programs and services – free of charge.

Generous donations from individuals, businesses and foundations make our care possible. Your support helps to ensure that we can continue to provide support to people in our community living with life-threatening illness or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Hospice Peterborough receives funding from the Ministry of Health and relies on our community to provide 43% of our total operating budget.

Get Involved!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Hospice Peterborough.

Every year volunteers spend hundreds of hours to help Hospice Peterborough with fundraising events.

As a volunteer, you can share your time and skills, learn new skills, meet new friends, and make a difference.

If you would like to join a committee, help with fundraising or volunteer at an event:

Please contact Alison at acasey@hospicepeterborough.org or Aimee aoreilly@hospicepeterborough.org.

You can also call (705) 742-4042, or drop by 325 London Street to introduce yourself.

For more information about volunteering opportunities visit our Volunteering page.


Hospice Peterborough welcomes third-party fundraising events that promote the work of Hospice and increase hospice care awareness. Third-Party Events are those created, managed and run by businesses, individuals, groups, and service clubs for the benefit of Hospice Peterborough.

To find out more please contact:

Aimee O’Reilly
Manager of Development
(705) 742- 4042 ext. 263

Sarah van den Berg
Fundraising and Communications Coordinator
(705) 742-4042 ext. 232

Hospice Peterborough is about people helping people.

Hospice Residence

About Our Residence

At Hospice Peterborough, there will always be someone to welcome clients and visitors and help everyone find their way.

The Hospice Residence is bright, accessible, calm and safe and include:

  • 10 private bedrooms overlooking green space and gardens
  • The Oasis Room, a quiet reflective space
  • A lounge for visits with family and friends
  • A light-filled Great Room with a welcoming fireplace
  • A family kitchenette and dining area
  • A peaceful, private garden with an accessible outdoor patio
  • An accessible shower and bathtub in a room where residents will be supported
  • An accessible washroom with shower where family visitors can freshen up

Hospice Peterborough Virtual Tour

Resident Care Program

The Hospice Residence opened in April 2019 and provides around the clock professional care in a tranquil environment for 10 residents at the end of life. The focus is on expert and compassionate care and quality of life, not cure. Care at the Hospice Residence builds on the supports Hospice has provided in the community since 1988.

Most clients come to the Hospice Residence in their last two weeks of life when they can no longer stay in their own home because their care needs are too great. Care is provided by registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other members of the care team include personal support workers, physicians, counsellors and volunteers. Care in the Hospice Residence addresses all aspects of the clients well-being – physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and practical.

The new Hospice Residence is not meant to replace Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s Palliative Care Unit but to offer another choice for care at end of life.

There is no charge for staying in the residence.

Becoming A Resident

All Hospice programs and services are offered free of charge to Ontario residents of all ages living in the City and County of Peterborough. Similar to being at home, drug benefits are covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) card. Prescriptions not covered by ODB or dispensing costs are charged to the resident.

Your physician or Nurse Practitioner can make a referral on your behalf for assessment of eligibility.

I Am Approaching the Last Weeks of Life

The Hospice Residence provides professional, 24-hour, end-of-life care in a tranquil environment.

  • The focus is on compassionate care and quality of life, not cure.
  • Care addresses all aspects of well-being – physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and practical.
  • Most clients will stay for their last two weeks when they can no longer stay in their own home because their care needs are too great.
  • Care is provided by registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other members of the care team include physicians, personal support workers,
    counsellors and volunteers.
  • Ten private bedrooms overlook green space.
  • Care at the Hospice Residence builds on the supports Hospice has provided in the community since 1988.

Any additional information may be received by calling Hospice Peterborough directly at (705) 742-4042 and speaking with a residence team member.

Tours can also be arranged for clients and families who are considering an admission to the residence.