Flag Raising Ceremony To Honour National Hospice Palliative Care Week

City of Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman will be honouring National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 5 to 11, 2013) on May 7, 2013 in a flag-raising ceremony with representatives from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and the Abbotsford Hospice Society’s Executive Director, Debbie Lehmann. Both organizations are Campus of Care Partners completing construction of their facilities at 32766 Marshall Road adjacent to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm Abbotsford City Hall 32315 South Fraser Way

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides respite and family support, pain and symptom management, grief and loss counselling, art, music, education and recreation therapy, and end-of-life care to over 450 children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and families throughout British Columbia. Abbotsford will be the second facility in the province to offer Canuck Place’s world-class pediatric palliative care within a home-like environment and year-round, 24-hour consultation support. With caring, professional staff and over 30 volunteers, it is a place for children and families to come in their time of need. For more information, please visit www.canuckplace.org.

Abbotsford Hospice Society: For more than 27 years, the Abbotsford Hospice Society has helped those who are living with a terminal illness and provided programs to comfort children, teens and adults on their very personal journey of grief and loss. Services offered by specially trained volunteers and team members include one-to-one companioning, support groups, individual and family counselling and expressive therapies. Abbotsford is the only community in the region that does not have a hospice residence for adults. To meet this critical need, Abbotsford Hospice Society is building Holmberg House, a world class facility providing dignified end-of-life-care to those as young as 19 and their grieving families and friends. At hospice, you can be a family again. For more information, please visit www.abbotsfordhospice.org.

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