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Palliative Care Memorial Service

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Reminder:
Our bi-annual Palliative Care Memorial Service is coming up on Monday, June 4th, at 7:00pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sydney River. This service is for families of those who passed between September 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.
 
The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Choir will join Jenn Sheppard, Jordyn Crocker, Stephen Muise and our Music Therapist, Jill Murphy, in providing beautiful music for this service. 🎶
 
There will be a reception to follow downstairs in the Parish Hall.

National Hospice Palliative Care Week Proclamation and Flag Raising

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Hospice Palliative Care staff and volunteers gather with CBRM’s Mayor, Cecil Clarke, and Deputy Mayor, Eldon MacDonald, to raise the Society’s flag in support of National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

CBRM’s Deputy Mayor, Eldon MacDonald, has signed a proclamation stating May 6th-12th to be  National Hospice Palliative Care Week in the CBRM in order to bring more public awareness of the mission of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County in supporting and promoting compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who are living with a life-threatening illness.

The theme of National Hospice Palliative Care Week this year is “Compassionate Communities”. The theme encourages Canadians to consider ways community involvement can support end of life, and the bereavement process.

Sunflower Treasures 3 – a pop up shop in support of Hospice

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Sunflower Treasures 3 – A Pop-Up Shop in support of Hospice Palliative Care

Join us for a 3-day shopping extravaganza where you’re guaranteed to find the best selection of pre-loved items, with proceeds from the event going toward the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Sale items include jewellery (contemporary and vintage); purses, accessories and ladies formal and cocktail wear, china, pottery, décor and entertaining items, collectibles, artwork, wall hangings, mirrors, fabric, yarn and quilting supplies, table linens, books, games, DVDs, special interest magazines and vinyl records/collections.

Sale Dates:
Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 6, 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: 291 Esplanade, Sydney (across from the Holiday Inn)

Follow us on Facebook to get a sneak peak of the items. We look forward to seeing you at the Sunflower Treasures 3 three day event!

Together We Care Golf Tournament

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Join us at the beautiful Bell Bay Golf Club on Friday, June 22nd for the 21st Annual Together We Care Golf Tournament in support of the Hospice Palliative Care Society.

The “Together We Care” Golf Tournament is a major fundraising event that contributes significantly to comfort and care support programs and services for patients and families facing life-threatening illness in ways that are personal and as unique as the patients themselves. Over the past 20 years, through the generosity of our supporters, this tournament has raised over $625,000 and has impacted thousands who are friends, family and colleagues in our local communities.

Contact the Hospice Society Office to register your team today! (902) 567-8584.

Jill Murphy, Accredited Music Therapist

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March is Music Therapy month and Hospice Palliative Care Society music therapy Jill Murphy (r), is the recipient of a spring orchid presented to her by board member Michele McKinnon (l). The spring orchid was presented in appreciation for the outstanding work she does with Palliative Care Service patients in hospital and in the community year round. Jill is an Accredited Music Therapist who together with patients (and/or family members) creates and implements a uniquely personalized music therapy experience that reflects individual needs of the patient.

The Society has funded this position since 2009, understanding that music is known to positively impact patients and particularly so in Cape Breton where music is deeply rooted in community culture. Music Therapy in palliative care can help improve communications, reduce anxiety, promote emotional expression, decrease feelings of isolation, decrease pain perception and aid in a life review. Patients have the option of simply listening to music that is either pre-recorded or live and family members are encouraged to share music that is important to the patient. Some patients choose to work with Jill in personal song writing or become involved in active music making along with her. Some patients choose to create legacy CDs for family and friends.

The Hospice Palliative Care Music Therapy program is also supported by Second Wind Community Concert Band through an annual fundraising concert that takes place in June.

Freewheelin’ Motorcycle Association Supports Hospice

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Basil Hodder of the Cape Breton Freewheelin’ Motorcycle Association presents a cheque for $1000 to Nancy Dingwall, Past Chair of the Hospice Palliative Care Society, in early April. This group on the move has been a loyal supporter of the Society’s efforts to provide comfort and care programs to patients and families in the Palliative Care Service.

2018 Port Morien Polar Bear Dip

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Polar Dip organizers Myrna Murphy(l) and Katherine MacDonald Snow (r) present a donation of $2600 to Hospice Palliative Care Society Board Member Jane Lewis.

The community of Port Morien’s  fun-filled annual New Year’s Day Polar Dip attracts brave swimmers to its shoreline for a brisk swim and heartfelt warmth and good food in the local Legion. Hospice Palliative Care was the 2018 charity of choice and for that the Society is most grateful! The two groups are planning to team up again in 2019 so get your bathing suits and blankets ready for next year’s Polar Dip!

6th Annual Shake Rattle and Roll for Hospice

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The 6th Annual Shake Rattle and Roll for Hospice is taking place on Saturday, April 28th, at Centre 200. It’s time to break out the disco balls, bell bottoms, neon, and BIG HAIR! We’re having a class reunion. Dress in your coolest duds from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.

There will be prizes for the best costume for EACH DECADE!

Doors open at 8:00pm with live music beginning at 9:00pm.

Enjoy music from members of the Stars on 45 Crew, who will be playing hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Tickets are $60 and are available by phoning (902) 567- 8584. All proceeds go to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Purchasing a ticket gives you a chance to win 2 tickets anywhere West Jet flies!

Thank You – Burger Week 2017

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The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County wishes to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in Burger Week 2017. Whether you were the hands that created the burgers, or the customer that enjoyed the burgers, we thank you! Burger Week would not be the success that it is without our supportive and generous community.

Sunflower Treasures 3 – Ten Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is a Pop-Up Shop?

A Pop-Up Shop is a short term sales space. Sunflower Treasures accepts donations in April that are then used as sales articles in May. Proceeds from the event go entirely to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

  1. What types of items can I donate?

Jewellery (contemporary and vintage); purses, accessories and ladies formal and cocktail wear, china, pottery, décor and entertaining items, collectibles, artwork, wall hangings, mirrors, fabric, yarn and quilting supplies, table linens, books, games, DVDs, special interest magazines and vinyl records/collections.

      3. When and where can I donate?

Donations can be brought to 291 Esplanade (across from Holiday Inn) on April 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th from 12:00pm-6:00pm.

  1. What shouldn’t I donate?

We ask that you kindly refrain from donating electronics and sports equipment. While we think it great to clear these items from your living space, Sunflower Treasures is not the home for them.

  1. What is the location and date of the sale?

Sunflower Treasures- A Pop-Up Shop will take place at 291 Esplanade, Sydney (across from the Holiday Inn). The dates of the sale are Friday and Saturday, May 4th and May 5th from 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Sunday, May 6th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

  1. What is the cost of admission?

Admission is free! Our “fudge fairies” will be on site selling creamy homemade fudge that will be available with a donation.

  1. Do you accept credit cards?

The Pop-Up Shop is a cash only event. We are in close proximity to ATMS from Scotiabank, RBC and TD.

  1. What is considered formal wear?

Formal Wear is a new category to Sunflower Treasures. This includes clothing that is intended for special occasions such as prom gowns, bridesmaids dresses, cocktail dresses, mother of the bride pieces and evening gowns.

  1. What is done with the proceeds from the Pop-Up Shop?

Proceeds will support comfort and care programs and projects for palliative care patients and their families.

10. What is done with any unsold items?

Unsold items are donated to charity.