A Vital Community Healthcare Partner

Our donors help patients live well

To support and promote compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who need palliative and end-of-life care.

Our Society

For more than 35 years, the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County has been a vital community healthcare partner in Cape Breton. Through the generosity of our donors, and in partnership with the Palliative Care Service team, we support and promote compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who are living with a life-threatening illness. Through donor support, we:


  • Promote & support compassionate care for palliative care patients and their loved ones.
  • Fund programs & services so patients can live well until the end of their lives.
  • Enhance care through education & professional development for staff and volunteers.


Your donations do many important things.  Your donations can bring music therapy to a palliative care patient who wants to sing, listen or leave a legacy for their family.  Your donations can mean that a family has a night’s rest with the presence of a nurse for short-term relief. Your donations can see that a palliative care patient receives a much-needed piece of medical equipment that allows them to stay at home with their family. Your donations can provide taxi fare for a family member who wouldn’t otherwise get to the hospital to see a loved one. Your donations can provide food, oil, drugstore items for patients that simply do not have the financial means for the basics of life. Your donations can enable a special celebration such as a wedding, a graduation or a birthday that creates joy and lasting memories.  Your donations can give a family member a place to turn when grieving through bereavement support. Your donations mean that all the supplies for homemade baked treats and nourishing soups are available for volunteers to create in the family kitchen on the An Cala Unit. Your donations help create holistic hospice care in Cape Breton.


Your donations and generosity demonstrate that ours is a compassionate community that is empathetic and treats those with a life-limiting illness as they would want to be treated.


Your donations allow people to live in the best way possible during a difficult time in life’s journey.

The Hospice

The Society has recently completed a fundraising campaign to build and furnish a $5.2 m 10 bed Hospice for patients and their families as they face end-of-life. The setting is warm, peaceful and home-like with many amenities that offer support for all.

The Hospice, while built and maintained by the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, is operated by the Nova Scotia Health Authority Palliative Care Service. Staff are specially trained and offer warmth, compassion and exceptional care to patients. The Society and The Service have an excellent collaborative relationship and consistently work towards enhancing and expanding programs and services in the best interests of those experiencing this challenging time.

The Society’s mission is to support the services, programs and unique needs of patients and families within the Hospice in addition to those at home, in long term care, in hospital, and in the An Cala Palliative Care Unit. It is the hope of the Society that all those living their final journey will be able to live life as fully as possible with family while in the care of the Service.

Our Mission

To support and promote the compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who need palliative and end-of-life care.

Our Vision

As a leading community healthcare partner, the Hospice Palliative Care Society of  Cape Breton County advances sustainable programs and services for palliative care patients and families of Cape Breton County.