The Holidays are often a difficult time for those who are actively grieving and those who continue to mourn over the years. In a Season where we are expected to be joyful and giving, it can be hard to be present when tears are flowing and our heart is aching. The message that this [...]
…Christmas! And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with homemade gingerbread! We rolled, we cut, we baked, and after some quality assurance testing, were ready for some little friends to come by and decorate. What a great surprise later, to find beautiful ice sculptures built outside! A huge thank you [...]
Imagine being 35 years old and having to bring an oxygen tank to a movie with your friends. Lasith never let what others thought about him stop him from enjoying life and achieving what he wanted. But by the time he turned 38, he needed oxygen constantly, even while resting. Trapped at home by [...]
When those around us experience the death of a loved one, finding the right words to say can sometimes feel difficult. For National Bereavement Day, November 20, we’ve put together a list of items for a Grief Care Kit you can easily make, to help express your condolences. Feel free to modify the outline [...]
16th Annual Dr. Helen Hays Sunflower Luncheon Thank you to everyone that took the time to join us at our 16th Annual Dr. Helen Hays Sunflower Luncheon. In her keynote speech, Dr. Donna Wilson spoke of the need to evolve end-of-life care in Edmonton, and of this being a critical time for Pilgrims Hospice [...]
Staying warm this fall was made easier with ten furry kittens to curl up with! These cuddly balls of energy explored every nook and cranny of our Day Program Room last week, entertaining clients, volunteers and staff alike. We can’t thank Crystal enough, from For All Animals Rescue Society (F.A.A.R.S.), for bringing such delight [...]
Some clients in our day program had never touched a paintbrush before coming to Pilgrims, but with some instruction and encouragement, they are finding joy, confidence and increased self-esteem through artistic expression. Many initially assume they can’t participate because they’re in a wheelchair, have weakness in the limbs, arthritis, or lack of experience. By adapting [...]
Thank you F.A.A.R.S. for sharing your beautiful bunnies with us! Pet therapy has the amazing effect of making our clients feel calmer, happier, and less anxious.