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Grief Support in Alberta

You’re Not Alone – Grief Connection

We all grieve. We don’t have to do it alone. Free, ongoing support with a trained volunteer is available, no matter where you live in Alberta.

Living Every Season Program

Sunny days. Rainy days. We’ll be there. A support program for Albertans living with a life-limiting illness.

Roadshow

Improve your knowledge. Enrich your community. Educational workshops designed to further palliative care training and development in Alberta.

Jean Stone Scholarship

An annual scholarship to help palliative care volunteers further their education.

Applications accepted until April 30.

Dr. Donna Wilson Caregiver Award

An annual award to recognize the contribution of unpaid palliative caregivers who work to maintain the independence and dignity of the person they help.

Provincial Congress on Palliative Care

An annual provincial conference with the goal of creating a robust and knowledgeable palliative care community in Alberta.

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Volunteer Opportunities
  1. Telephone Volunteers Needed: Alberta-wide

    If you have lost a spouse or a partner and are now ready to support others going through this journey, get in touch to volunteer. Training is provided. Learn More >

  2. Volunteers Needed: Sundre

    The Living Every Season program in Sundre provides safe, confidential support in a social setting for adults who are living with a terminal illness. Currently, we are accepting applicants for two positions.
    Learn More >

  3. Volunteers Needed: Airdrie

    The Living Every Season program in Airdrie provides safe, confidential support in a social setting for adults who are living with a terminal illness. Currently, we are accepting applicants for two positions.
    Learn More >

Statement on Residential Schools

AHPCA recognizes the impact that grief has on every one of us. This includes disenfranchised grief, which is grief that has been unrecognized by others.
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How to Access End of Life Care in Alberta

No Matter Where You Live
Learn About Your Options

The decision to seek palliative care or to enter hospice may be a difficult step for an individual and their family. There are several supports and services available for Albertans during this stage of life.

In Alberta, you often have a choice where you would like to receive end of life care including:

  • Your own home
  • A hospital
  • A standalone hospice
  • A long-term care or supported living setting
  • An assisted living facility or group home

Talk with your health care team and family to decide what will work best for you.

Accessing end of life care services in Alberta depends on the area in which you live. Alberta Health Services has divided the province geographically into zones. First, find your AHS zone. Second, find out how to access care in your AHS zone.

The AHS North Zone is north of Edmonton.

  1. Phone Community Care Access at 1 855 371 4122 to learn what palliative care services are available in your community
  2. Talk to your doctor or health care team to access hospice care in a hospital or a hospice. They will usually need to provide a referral for you.
  3. You will need a referral for services such as the hospice beds in Grande Prairie’s Prairie Lake Hospice. Phone 780 357 5700 for more information.
  4. Several hospice and palliative care societies in the AHS North Zone provide support in various settings. Find your local society in the Resource Directory

The AHS Edmonton Zone includes the city of Edmonton and the areas west, east and south.

  1. Phone Community Care Access at 780 496 1300 to learn more about palliative home care in the AHS Edmonton Zone.
  2. Ask your doctor or health care team to provide a referral to the in-hospital Palliative Care Consult Service.
  3. For all other palliative care services in the AHS Edmonton Zone, you will need to ask your doctor to provide a referral.
  4. Learn more about palliative home care options in the AHS Edmonton Zone by downloading this brochure. Download PDF.
  5. Many hospice and palliative care societies in the AHS Edmonton Zone provide support in various settings. Find your local society in the Resource Directory.

The AHS Central Zone is the area between Edmonton to Calgary, east to west.

  1. Phone Community Care Access at 403 341 2130 to learn what palliative care services are available in your community.
  2. For palliative home care or to access hospice care in a facility, you will need your doctor to provide a referral.
  3. If you are dealing with end of life issues or grief, various support and counselling services are available. Phone 403 343 4832 for more information.
  4. Several hospice and palliative care societies in the AHS Central Zone provide support in various settings. Find your local society in the Resource Directory.

The AHS Calgary Zone includes the city of Calgary, the area north to Didsbury, south to Claresholm, west to Lake Louise and east to Gleichen.

  1. If you live in Calgary, ask your doctor or health care team to provide a referral to general home care OR phone Community Care Access at 403 943 1920 to self-refer to general home care. Your home care team will then refer you to palliative home care if needed.
  2. If you live in Calgary, ask your doctor or health care team to provide a referral to the Palliative Care Consult Service (Urban) at 403 944 2304. Learn more about this service by downloading this brochure.
  3. Learn more about Calgary’s Palliative Home Care – Urban program by downloading this brochure.
  4. If you live outside of Calgary, ask your doctor or health care team to provide a referral to home care. Your home care team (with your doctor’s approval) will refer you to the Rural Palliative Care Consult service, if needed. Learn more about this service by downloading this brochure.
  5. Learn more about hospice options in the AHS Calgary Zone by downloading this brochure.
  6. Several hospice and palliative care societies in the AHS Calgary Zone provide support in various settings. Find your local society in the Resource Directory.

The AHS South Zone includes areas south from Oyen, Bassano, Brooks and Fort MacLeod.

  1. If you live in Lethbridge or elsewhere in the AHS South Zone, phone Community Care Access at 403 388 6380 or phone the Palliative Care Team – AHS South Zone at 1 866 388 6380.
  2. If you live in Brooks or Medicine Hat, phone Community Care Access at 403 529 8084.
  3. Ask your doctor to provide a referral to palliative care services.

What People Say

Testimonials

I cannot thank you enough for your understanding and support through some difficult times. I would highly recommend your company to anyone. Your company has made our life easier.

Katie Elliott

Katie Elliott

37 years

I was visiting a number of assisted living facilities last month, and was really impressed by the knowledge of this one. They have nurses on staff in addition to normal caregivers.

Renee Sherman

Renee Sherman

37 years

“Volunteering with You’re Not Alone makes me feel fulfilled.

I look forward to the weekly phone calls because I learn from connecting with the client, and I love being able to lighten the load of someone simply by being able to listen when they want to talk.

It makes me feel like I’m making a difference when I can connect with people and when I feel that they are comfortable sharing their pain with me.”

– YNA Volunteer

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