McPherson Funeral Service is pleased to offer a wide variety of both on-going and seasonal events. We invite you to return often to see what’s coming up on our calendar. If you’d like to keep up-to-date, we invite you to visit our social media pages.
Grief Share CranbrookFriday, March 2, 2018 : 12:00 AM to Sunday, September 30, 2018 : 12:00 AM
Grief Share Cranbrook
Grief Share is a weekly grief support group. They started their group meetings in Cranbrook on September 15, 2015.
For more information on Grief Share, please call: 250-489-4704 or e-mail: [email protected]
Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend.
..."it felt good to know I am not alone"... a Grief Share group member
Cranbrook • Kimberley Hospice SocietyFriday, March 2, 2018 : 12:00 AM to Friday, May 31, 2019 : 12:00 AM
“Hands that Serve & Hearts that Care”
Who We Are & What We Do
The Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society offers many free services to our communities and surrounding areas.
Our volunteers receive 33 hours of training over a period of seven weeks. This provides them with knowledge to support and listen compassionately to clients and their families. We do not offer direct client care or housework. Our sole purpose is to be there.
At present the free services we offer are:
Client and Family Companion Visits
Our trained volunteers spend time with clients wherever the client is – at home, in hospital, in extended care or in residential care. Each volunteer has signed a confidentiality form and has had a criminal record check. Our dedicated team of volunteers have committed to four hours of service each week. They are available to their clients for regular visits. They are not rushed and have time just to be with them or their families to support and listen to their concerns with a non-judgmental attitude.
A Hospice volunteer will companion you and your family during the dying time of your life journey. We are available to you from the time of diagnosis until the end. They can help you navigate the system and share resource information that is available to you. Their compassionate listening skills are a calming gift for you and your family during what is often a very stressful and confusing time.
When requested, Vigil can be provided for those at their dying time wherever the client is. Four hour shifts 10:00PM – 2:00AM and 2:00AM – 6:00AM. (This would be usually offered during the last 72 hours). We hope this allows the family some respite and peace of mind that their loved one is not alone. It also can be to companion the family during their personal vigil.
Music Care Program
We have Music Carts available to our clients to enjoy during times of agitation, pain and transition. We also have a team who can help you create a top ten list of your favorite songs to be burned to CD for your continued pleasure and use.
After the client passes the volunteer will keep in touch with the family or friend through face to face visits or phone calls for up to one year. Our volunteers receive twelve hours of training specifically dedicated to companioning those who are grieving.
Drop-in Grief Chat
Come by from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Wednesday Mornings to spend time with one of our Bereavement facilitators.
Every November we offer a Bereavement Support Group facilitated by experienced volunteers for 12 weeks. Some of our bereavement facilitators participated in an additional four day intensive Bereavement Support Group training program offered at the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Currently our program involves six classes before the Christmas holidays and six classes following the holidays.
Walk & Talk Program
In the spring when weather permits, usually the first part of May, there is a Walk & Talk program available. This is designed for bereaved people to meet others who share similar feelings. It is 6 organized outings on Monday mornings from 10:30AM – 12:00 noon. The ratio is one trained volunteer to three participants. The focus is to provide some fresh air, mild exercise, and some socialization for the grieving participants. In some cases the participants develop rapport and carry on with their own walking group afterwards.
This program is for elementary aged children who have experienced a loss in their lives through, separation, divorce, death or a move to a new community and is designed to help them develop coping skills. It is a 12 week program facilitated by specially trained, caring and compassionate adults. This program is available in Cranbrook and Kimberley.
Infant Loss Program
Support for parents and families following the death of a babe from conception up to one year.
Trained volunteers are available Monday – Friday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. These volunteers can stay with a client while their family goes for dinner or has a break. They are available to answer questions, offer Hospice information, advocate for the client and companion the family.
This group is for volunteers who want to support Hospice but do not want to work directly with clients. For example, these volunteers could help with fundraising events, help with special projects or help in the office when required.
The Cranbrook Kimberly Hospice Society holds informative education meetings in both communities and surrounding areas. April is Advanced Care Planning month and we will sponsor public meetings to learn more about “My Voice” which is a government program available to all of us. Check your local newspaper for dates and times in your community to learn more about this.
You are invited to go to our website and look for “Grief Words” under resources. This is a list of useful information written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt regarding your grief journey.
Contact us at 250-417-2019 or toll free at 1-855-417-2019.