Penticton & District Hospice Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
We are dedicated to the compassionate support of our community in all aspects of dying, death, grief and living with loss.
Hospice House was developed with the sole purpose of providing palliative care to the terminally ill people in a home-like environment. Skilled and compassionate medical care, social, emotional and spiritual support from professional and volunteer caregivers is provided.
Penticton & District Hospice Society recognized the importancefor people to have a compassionate environment to access grief support, and to learn how to provide support to someone dealing with loss. The Bereavement Resource Centre was created to provide these services.
Our Story What We Do
The Penticton & District Hospice Society is a non-profit charitable organization, formed in June 1981. Dr. Jack Chritchley was instrumental in pioneering the program and was the founding chair of the Society. It had been his dream for there to be a free standing Hospice House in Penticton and with the help of a very active board and support from the Medical Foundation, a fundraising campaign was undertaken.
Generous donations came in from Andy Moog, his foundation and the Penticton community at large. In 1997 construction started and the doors of Moog & Friends Hospice Houseopened in June 1998. The total project was paid for shortly after opening.
It was agreed that the day to day operation of the Palliative Care Program be managed by Interior Health, and that the Penticton & District Hospice Society would be responsible for fundraising to support ongoing Hospice House needs. Since 1998 the Society has continually focused on upgrading the physical structure, furniture, equipment and grounds of the Hospice House. It has also provided resources for the volunteer program and for staff training.
In 2011 the Society established the Bereavement Resource Centre to support children, youth and adults in the community that have suffered a loss. The BRC is staffed by employees of the Society and volunteers.
Our Programs How We Do It
Moog & Friends Hospice House
- Skilled and compassionate palliative care at home or in hospice.
- Social, emotional and spiritual support for patient.
- Ongoing counselling for family.
- Respite care.
- Financial support for upkeep of landscape, equipment and patient comfort.
Bereavement Resource Centre
- Grief support groups for all community members.
- Individual counselling for children and adults.
- Grief education provided to schools.
- Lending Library
- Referrals to other agencies
- Advance Care Planning
- Intensive training provided.
- Companioning, errands, transportation and end of life vigils.
- Reiki and massage; music and pet therapy.
What You Can Do
The society is thankful for any help it receives. From donations to referrals and volunteering to membership - it all makes a difference and is very important in our work to raise awareness and to help people during the most difficult time in their lives.
- One-time gift
- Monthly giving
- Legacy giving
~ Become a member of the Hospice Society
- Become a voting member for a low annual fee.
- Join the team at Hospice or the Bereavement Resource Centre.
- Become part of the community palliative care team.
- Assist with community events and fundraising.
- Partner with a business
- Host a community event