Integrative Wellness Programs

Wendy Julia Hiscox Wellness Day Program

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Day Program is dedicated to promoting individual health and wellness and a higher quality of life for people living with a life-limiting illness through the provision of activities and socialization.  Activities include complementary therapies, arts and crafts, games, music, chat circle, nutritional meals and special events.

To register, please contact Cher Curshen at 416-626-0116416-626-0116 416-626-0116 ext. 228.

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Relaxation Circle

Mondays, 1st and 3rd of the month; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Guided imagery, combined with breathing exercises is a type of mind-body relaxation process which can reduce anxiety, stress and pain, resulting in improved health and wellbeing.

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Acupuncture and Massage Clinic

Wednesdays; 2:00  to 4 p.m.

Acupuncture, the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the energy pathway helps to restore the balance of vital energy.  Massage offers skilled, caring and compassionate touch which can be effective in decreasing anxiety and stress. 

Services are offered by registered acupuncturists and massage therapists.  Please call the main desk to book your appointment.

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Therapeutic Touch Spa

Thursdays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Therapeutic Touch can reduce stress and assist with relaxation.  It can provide you with a renewed sense of wellbeing by using non-touch hand movements over the body to rebalance the energy flow.These services are provided by qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioners.

Please call the main desk to book your appointment.

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Bereavement Programs

The Bereavement Journey: Support for the Newly Bereaved

Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

September 9, 16, 23 & 30
October 7, 14, 21, & 28
November 4, 11, 18 & 25
January (2015) 6, 13, 20 & 27
February 3, 10, 17 & 24
March 3, 10, 24 & 31
April 7, 14, 21 & 28
May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Have you recently experienced the death of someone loved?  Do you find yourself at a loss for knowing what to do next?   These sessions may help you get your bearings as you embark on the journey of grief.  Each session will include time for discussion and sharing.

Session 1: What's happening to me?
Session 2: How do I begin to grieve?
Session 3: What can help me cope?
Session 4: How long will I feel like this? 

To register, please call 416-626-0116416-626-0116..  For more information, please download the flyer.

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Grief Stories: Movie & Discussion Series

Friday, October 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to France to deal with the tragic loss of his son (played by Emilio Estevez)  Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage "The Way of St. James" to honour his son's desire to finish the journey.  On the way, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives.

Please join us for the movie and discussion afterwards.

To register, please call 416-626-0116416-626-0116. 416-626-0116. For more information, please download the flyer.


Grief Support Groups

Finding Your Way: Adult loss of a spouse/partner

Thursdays, October 16 to December 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

To become widowed is to suffer one of life's most profound losses.  When a loving tie is severed, so is a part of ourselves.  The transition from wife to widow, husband to widower, is a very real, painful and personal journey.  If you find yourself felling alone and lost since the death of your partner, consider joining this grief support group to share with others in a safe and comforting environment while gaining information and tools needed to move through the grief process.

For more details, please download the flyer.

To register, please contact Kristine Gagnon at 416-626-0116 ext. 227. 

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Wednesday Friends: Loss of a spouse/partner (60+)

Wednesdays, October 8 to December 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Wednesday Friends Group offers a supportive environment to gain information and tools needed to move through the grief process.  During each session you'll have the opportunity to be with others who understand and care, talk about your loved one and your feelings, hear from others dealing with grief and learn healthy ways for coping.

For more information, please download the flyer. To register, please contact Kristine Gagnon at 416-626-0116 ext. 227. 

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Circle of Sons and Daughters: Adult children grieving the loss of a parent or grandparent

Tuesdays, September 30 to December 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m..

If you find yourself feeling alone and lost since the death of your parent/grandparent, consider joining with others to share in a comforting and compassionate environment while gaining the information and tools needed to move through the grief process.

For information,please download the flyer.  To register, please contact Kristine Gagnon at 416-626-0116 ext. 227.

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The Sibling Connection: A loss of adult sibling support group

Wednesdays, October 8 to December 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The sibling relationship is often the closest and longest lasting relationship we have.  Losing a sister or brother is like losing a big part of yourself.   If you find yourself feeling alone and lost since the death of your sibling, consider joining with others to share in a comforting and compassionate environment while gaining the information and tools needed to move through the grief process.

For more information,,please download the flyer.  To register, please contact Kristine Gagnon at 416-626-0116 ext. 227.
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A Time to Heal: Grief Support for Young Adults (aged 19-26)

Bi-weekly on Thursdays, January 23 to April 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

When we lose someone precious, it can be painful beyond words.  The loss of a parent, sibling, friend or other significant person brings many complex feelings. It is normal to wonder if you are "losing it" and find it difficult to carry on with life's activities.  Grief can be intense and therefore difficult to experience alone.  An opportunity to freely speak about your feelings with other young adults who understand can be helpful and comforting. A Time to Heal is an 8 week program.

Group offered when sufficient interest. Please contact Kristine Gagnon at 416-626-0116 ext. 227.

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Walking the Labyrinth of Grief

Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

The labyrinth is a metaphor of the grief journey where the way in is the way out. Walking a labyrinth can be used as a way of healing one's grief following a loss - step by step.  Labyrinth walks will be held at St. James United Church, 400 Burnhamthorpe Road in Etobicoke.

Call DLH to register - 416-626-0116.  For more details, please see the attached flyer.

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Walking Through Your Grief

Mondays, September 15 to October 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (Four participants required to proceed.)

A time to walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving; to share ideas and support while benefiting from some fresh air and exercise.

Call DLH at 416-626-0116416-626-0116 to register - 416-626-0116.  Please see attached flyer for details..

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Grief Like No Other: A support group for grieving parents.

Group will be held when there are a minimum of eight participants.

Parental grief often brings with it a sense of despair, a sense that life is not worth living, a sense of disarray and of utter and complete confusion.  Bereaved parents often feel over-whelmed and alone.  This support group offers a gathering time that allows for open sharing where conversations will include: talking about the circumstances of the death, the funeral/memorial, memories of your child, feelings of grief, how loss and grief affect your family, and ways of coping.

An individual meeting with our Bereavement Coordinator, Kristine Gagnon is required prior to registering.  Please call 416-626-0116 ext. 227.

For more information, please download a copy of the flyer.

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Speaker Series:  with Andrea Warnick one of Canada's foremost experts on the support of grieving children.

Preparing Children: Information for Families Facing an Impending Death

Monday, October 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

What and how do we tell the children?  Adults can find it challenging to talk with children about dying and death.  Many are worried about saying "the wrong thing" and as a result choose to avoid the topic, which causes confusion for children.  This talk offers an understanding of children's needs for information about death, tips on how to support children  in being present with a dying loved one and strategies on how to break the news of the death.

Supporting Children: Information for Families who have Experienced a Death in the Family

Monday, November 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

How do I comfort my grieving child?  The death of a significant person represents a challenging disruption in a child's emotion existence.  However, when provided with caring and informational support by the adults around them, children who are grieving can still thrive in life.  This talk will explore many of the common misconceptions that prevail in our society in regards to children and death.  Approaches caring adults can use to support grieving children, as well as useful resources will be identified.

Registration is required.  Seating is limited.  Please call, 416626-0116.  For more information, see the attached flyer.

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Special Sessions

Conversations About Grief: Are you struggling to know how to support someone who is grieving?

First Tuesday of everyone month starting in October from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

It can be hard to know what to say or do when a relative, friend or acquaintence has experienced the death of someone close to them. Despite the best intentions, some people inadvertently say things that can create challenges for the grieving person.  Other people may fear saying the wrong thing so say nothing at all, which can contribute to a sense of isolation for the griever.

To register, please call 416-626-0116.  For more information, please download the flyer.

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Coping with the Holidays

Monday, November 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, December 8 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Are you concerned about how you'll get through the weeks of the holiday season?  For those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holiday season may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness.  This session provides practical tips on how to manage the mixed emotions of grief and offers strategies on how to cope with changes in family traditions along with ideas on ways to remember your loved one, and even how to respond to holiday greetings and festivities.

Please call 416-626-0116 to register.  For more information, please download the flyer.

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Memorial Services


Evening of Remembrance

Monday, September 24 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 16 (2015) starting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday June 15 starting at 7:00 p.m.

A memorial gathering to honour the lives of individuals served in our residential program.  Condolence comes from Latin meaning "together," "to grieve" and so gathering with others and utilizing the healing properties of ceremony and ritual facilitate the reconciliation of significant moments and life experiences.

This quarterly held session provides an opportunity for hospice staff and volunteers to reconnect with family members and to celebrate the lives of loved ones who've died.  The Evening of Remembrance service includes music, readings and reflections along with a candle-lighting ceremony.  Family and friends are encouraged to bring a framed photo of their loved one to be displayed.  All are welcome.

Please register by calling 416-626-0116416-626-0116.

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Annual Celebration of Life Service

Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke

An evening of inspirational words and music honouring the individuals we supported through our Community Program.

Please RSVP by calling 416-626-0116416-626-0116.