Hospice of Waterloo Region is a registered charity providing volunteer supports, professional services and palliative education to residents of Waterloo Region.

GIVING Tuesday – An opportunity to give back to your community by supporting Hospice of Waterloo Region’s bereavement services for caregivers and families.   Select any of the campaigns below to donate and become part of our Community of Caring.

Current Giving Campaigns

Making a Difference, 365 Days a Year

Building a Community of Caring

A Caregiver’s Journey

Mending Holes in Children’s Hearts

General Donations

Making a Difference, 365 Days a Year

At Hospice of Waterloo Region, we believe that by giving emotional, social and practical support to individuals and their families affected by life-threatening illness, we can keep people in their homes longer, that they will have the opportunity to experience quality of life and that caregivers will be better able to cope.

Amy was able to seek help for herself and her two young children when her husband Bill died from cancer.  And as a result of your gift, she didn’t have the added worry about how to pay for counselling supports.

“I didn’t know where to turn or who could understand what we were going through, but then the school connected us with Hospice.  The counsellors listened to my worries and were wonderful with the children, letting them draw and colour to explain how they were feeling.  Slowly we are learning to adjust to this new life but now I feel like we will be OK.  I am so grateful that I found this help at Hospice.”

Because of generous donors like you, last year Hospice was able to provide support to more than 150 families just like Amy’s.

Caring for another is a situation that more and more people are facing each year.  You, or someone you know, may have been part of the caregiver experience.  You understand the stress and anxiety of an uncertain future and how much difference support can make.

Our goal this year is to raise $25,000 to continue providing this valuable care to families.  We are asking you to consider a gift of $1.00 per day for a total of $365.00.  Of course, donations of any amount more or less are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for being a valued member of our team, making a difference 365 days a year.

Building a Community of Caring

 

What does your donation do?

A donation of $25 provides:

  • a child’s story book on grief of loss for our Hospice Library borrowing collection
  • dinner for two children at our evening Children Bereavement Group program
  • lunch for two adults during Day Away program

A donation of $50 provides:

  • art supplies for one evening session of the Children’s Bereavement program
  • a Christmas hamper for a grieving family
  • transportation expenses for a patient to travel to and from Hamilton, London or Toronto for a medical appointment with the support of a volunteer driver

A donation of $100 provides:

  • one child or teen’s participation in an eight week Bereavement Group program
  • three months participation for one adult in our respite ‘Day Away’ program
  • all materials and training expenses for a Hospice Volunteer to participate in our 33-hour training program

A Caregiver’s Journey


path beside fence in winter

At Hospice of Waterloo Region we understand the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological toll of being a caregiver for someone dying at home.

Wendy was one of those caregivers. Her husband Steve had an advanced cancer and wanted to die at home. During the months of his illness, Wendy’s world shrank to just those who were involved with Steve’s care. Even with home care support, Wendy took a leave of absence from work to help care for Steve.

Steve’s wish to die at home came true, and Wendy alone, was by his side when he died. With Steve’s death came an instant “aloneness”. The home health care providers, who were regular visitors in her home for the past several months, were understandably assigned to other cases. Family, friends and co-workers were distant because they couldn’t relate to her experience, and didn’t have those “magical words” that would alleviate her sorrow. Wendy describes the sense of loss “like falling off the cliff without a safety net”. Wendy was exhausted and unable to return to work. A friend suggested she contact Hospice of Waterloo Region.

Hospice became that “safety net” for Wendy. A counsellor was able to offer knowledgeable support and help Wendy process her feelings of loss, abandonment, and void. Wending is coming to learn how to re-build her resiliency and overcome the overwhelming mental and physical fatigue of the previous 15 months with compassionate self-care. Wendy is finally learning how to grieve and how to move forward.

Helping those who have experienced loss like Wendy’s, is just one of the services that Hospice of Waterloo Region provides. All of our programs and services are offered free of charge! With your support, Hospice can continue to be the “safety net” for those who are caring for someone who is dying and those who have experienced the loss of a loved one and are struggling to find their way.

Your gift of $150, will provide 2 hours of counselling support for families, both before and after the death of a loved one.

Please give generously!

Mending Holes in Children’s Hearts

Last year, nearly 250 children in our Region experienced the loss of a significant person in their life.

Hospice of Waterloo Region offers all of our programs and services free of charge.

Your support will ensure we have the resources in place so children and teens receive the support they need, for as long as they need, when they experience the death of a loved one.

Your gift of $100 will help one child attend individual counselling or participate in an eight-week session of our Children’s Bereavement Support Group.

General Donations

Our programs serve those who are ill, their families and caregivers, and anyone who is grieving a loss. We also provide community education and specialty training for those who are working in palliative care.

Our services, both professional and volunteer, are offered at no charge and are provided in home, in hospital, in long term care and residential hospice settings.

Make a general donation supporting Hospice of Waterloo Region.