Supporting children, youth and adults through their grief and end-of-life journey
All services are offered at no cost. Donations appreciated
The Campbell River Hospice Society acknowledges that it is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Ligwiłda'xw people, the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.
Hospice Annual Holiday Campaign
learning to live while grieving
Nov 28 - Dec 30
Pouring Poison on the Pain
“It's been almost 16 months since my beloved Jayne passed away. I still think about her daily and miss her so much. When she died suddenly, I was in shock, and shut down completely. I did have a lot of support from family 2and friends with making meals, cleaning, and listening to me, but they didn't know how to help me cope mentally. I also felt guilt because I didn’t get a chance to really say goodbye or tell her again how much I loved her. With all of our future dreams now gone, I couldn’t get past the internal pain of my shattered heart.
After much deliberation, I took the advice of two caring people and joined the grief walking group, that gathers weekly to walk in the forest and talk. This support resonated with me because I had enjoyed a career in the forest industry and always found solace in the woods. It has been incredibly beneficial to be part of the grief walking group and around others who are grieving and understand what I'm going through. We can talk freely about our loved ones without feeling like we must put on a brave face for the rest of the world in our daily lives.
When I first joined the group, I was struggling with daily activities. I was barely sleeping or eating, I was drinking too much, and I was generally just a mess. I was pouring poison on the pain. But walking with them through the forest helped me start my healing journey. It also gave me time to think and talk about Jayne and remember all the good memories we made together. Mostly, I felt I wasn't alone in my grief and had been given a way to start moving forward.
Shortly after I started with the walking group, I felt I was ready to begin counselling at Hospice. It was there that I found guidance and support while learning the importance of facing my pain as I worked through the grief process. I gained the understanding that self-medicating would only prolong my suffering, and I needed to stop pouring poison on the pain so I could start to heal. Counselling has been extremely helpful for me to be able to move forward and live life while still carrying Jayne forever in my heart and to continue living while grieving.”
How we do it
33% Donations 43% Fundraising 13% Social Enterprise 7% Government
Many people are not aware that Hospice Care reaches further than our end-of-life services. We also offer a significant amount of support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or a furry companion. Currently, our community, our neighbours and our friends are impacted by a significant amount of traumatic loss associated with suicide or drug overdose. Due to this crisis, we are continuing to develop new services to meet the needs of our community to help reduce the cycle of suicide in our young community.