Living with illness, dying, and grieving are normal parts of life that we will all eventually experience. At Coast Hospice, we support people to live well right to the end of life, and after death we support their family and friends as they grieve.
We believe those living with a terminal illness have the right to make their own choices about how they live and how they die and we endeavour to support them in those choices with compassion and respect.
Join us for one or more of our annual seasonal rituals to remember your loved one(s) who have passed away. These include our Winter Tea ceremony, the Lights of Life tree, and a New Years Day ceremonial beach bonfire.
We also offer a grief support phone line daily during the holiday period.
Every year on January 1st, we gather on the beach at Mission Point Park for our annual “Lighting of the Memories” event. We gather around a bonfire to take some time together to remember to pause and remember those we have loved beyond death. With ceremony and song, we take the Lights of Life ornamental tributes and release them into the fire.
Please join us at 2 pm on January 1st. The event is open to all members of the public, especially those grieving the loss of a beloved. Refreshments will be served after the event.
For those who prefer to attend remotely, the event will also be streamed live on the Coast Hospice Facebook page.
Are you an energetic and experienced fund development professional ready to lead a non-profit organization into their next phase of growth? The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society is looking for a Manager of Development and Community Partnerships to nurture and grow sustainable operational funding sources, as well as play a key role in the launch of the upcoming capital campaign for a new Hospice Centre.
The Circle is a Wellness Day Program offered at Hospice House in Davis Bay, to provide opportunities for people diagnosed with a progressive life-threatening illness to gather together with others who may share similar experiences. This program focuses on enhancing well-being and developing community and connection. It offers the caregivers of participants the opportunity for a few hours of much-needed respite and peace of mind each week. It is a valuable addition to the existing suite of palliative health care services delivered on the Coast.
What people say about their experience with the Hospice Society…
“I will always be grateful to the nurses and staff of Shorncliffe, but especially thankful to our hospice "angels" who cared for (my friend) like a family member in her final months. They are truly special people that went above and beyond the call of duty before and after… and I will never forget what they also did for me personally with their generosity and kindness.”
"The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society became a lantern of light, instilling rays of hope back into my life. This circle of support allowed me to learn the stages of grief, acknowledge the need to mourn in my own way, meet others who suffered loss, and experience deep healing through the cathartic process of telling our stories."
"Magic happens around these trees. People laugh, smile, tell stories, and sometimes cry, but most of all, they light up as they fondly remember that special love."
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who need caregiving.” — Rosalynn Carter
“As a recent beneficiary of our excellent local hospice care and as a seven-year hospice volunteer, I believe that not enough people on the Sunshine Coast know and appreciate what a rare gem our hospice service is…. I feel exceptionally lucky and grateful that my husband was able to receive such fine service.”
...I phoned hospice. In an incredible stroke of luck — if the passing of someone else’s loved one can ever be called lucky — one of their two beds was available that day. Dad was made warm and comfortable, given a mild sedative for anxiety, and we were with him in a peaceful setting, watched over by caring hospice workers, for the next three days while he drifted away. I am still moved to tears of gratitude that my dad got to die warm and unafraid"