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What does Hospice do?

We are a community based non-profit volunteer society that provides quality compassionate care for the dying and support for their families and friends.


Our Vision:

Excellence in end-of-life compassionate support, education and advocacy.


Our Mission:

It is the mission of the Williams Lake Hospice Society to improve the quality of life of those individuals and their families facing life-limiting illness, death or bereavement, through skilled and compassionate support, education and advocacy.


Our Philosophy:

Hospice palliative care refers to physical, emotional, social and spiritual support and advocacy for those persons who are dying or bereaved. Care is based on a commitment to the whole person and refers to a model of care rather than a place. 


Core Values:

Honoring ... end of life with dignity

Offering ... compassionate support and bereavement services

Securing ... resources, partnerships and personnel

Providing ... individual and family resources and skilled volunteers

Integrity ... commitment and excellence while serving a diverse community

Celebrating ... life while healing from loss

Education ... and advocacy on end-of-life issues

  • We provide trained volunteers who offer social, emotional and spiritual support

  • We provide education, advocacy and community awareness in palliative care and grief support

  • We receive referrals from local physicians, Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Home and Community Care, Williams Lake Seniors Village, Cariboo Place and the community


Our Services & Programs:

  • Referrals are made by health care professionals, friends, family and self-referrals

  • Two Palliative Care Suites, including a furnished family room

  • Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement Services (support and information)

  • Medical sheepskins and other comfort items for loan to clients and their families

  • Library of media resources available to clients, their families, volunteers and the general public


Our Volunteers:

  • ARE the HEART of HOSPICE!!!

  • Are compassionate individuals from the community who are committed to the Hospice philosophy

  • Are advocates who comfort and support the individual and their loved ones, while respecting their beliefs, values and privacy

  • Provide companionship and support through illness, death and the bereavement period

  • Are required to take our 24+ hour Volunteer Education Course and to attend meetings for ongoing training, mutual care and support

  • Work with palliative care clients and their loved ones in their own homes, in acute care units or in residential care facilities

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