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 416-626-0116 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 3:30 p.m. and again from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

February 4, 11, 18 and 25
March 4, 11, 18 and 25
April 8, 15, 22 and 29
May 6, 13, 20 and 27

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? 

Please call 416-626-0116 to register. 

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Grief Stories: Movie & Discussion Series

Fridays, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25 and May 23

Watching a sad movie can be a powerful catalyst to give expression to one's own sadness and sorrow, as well as offer a new perspective to one's grief journey.  Connect with others and view a selected film with themes of loss, grief and the search for meaning in carrying on following an experience of life transition.

Please call 416-626-0116 to register. 


Grief Support Groups

Finding My Way: Adult loss of a spouse/partner

Wednesdays, February 12 to April 16 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.

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, February 12 to April 16 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.

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, March 4 to May 6 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 on the next scheduled group and 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

Beginning in May.

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.

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Walking Through Your Grief

Beginning in May.

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 to register - 416-626-0116.

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Special Sessions

Evening of Remembrance

Monday, February 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, June 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

A memorial gathering to honour the lives of individuals served in our community and residential programs.  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.