Cochrane and Area Hospice Society

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What is Hospice?

Thank you to for creating this informative video explaining the essentials of hospice care.


What's New

Comfort Kits!

In an effort to assist families experiencing an end of life journey, with a goal keeping those with illnesses in their homes as long as possible, we are pleased to annouce our new Cochrane and Area Hospice Society Comfort Kits. The kits are intended to add a combination of information resources and comfort items such as journals and comfort blankets/quilts (created and donated through many caring volunteer individuals). The kits also come with a request form of services that families can ask for that range from assistance in shovelling walks and driveways and picking up groceries to assistance from palliative trained volunteers who can provide friendly visitation and respite visits. The volunteers support has been coordinated with Cochrane Helping Hands, who have become a valued partner organization to the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society.

Kits are distributed on an as needed basis through Cochrane Home Care, who are acting as the distribution network in support of the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society. For information on Comfort Kits please contact us at


Up and Coming Events

Please refer to our Events & Programs page to see what the Cochrane Hospice Society and it's partners and collaborative organizations have to offer in 2019 and 2020.

Events & Programs

Thank you to everyone who attended The Cochrane and Area Hospice Meeting Thursday February 27th, 2020. It was well attended and ample information was shared. There are some exciting events coming up and we are excited for 2020.

Important Dates:

  • Cochrane and Area Hospice Society AGM Thursday April 16th at AMPED2PLAY Training Room
  • Grief Support Walk Every Tuesday Morning Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre 10am - 10:45am (Coffee and Visitation to Follow) - All Welcomed
  • AHPCA Roadshow Friday May 8th, 2020 - Ranche House
  • Hike for Hospice Sunday May 10th - Mitford Pond Park

As we move forward the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society would like to invite members to partcipate in one of our committees. Please email us at and let us know what committee you would like to be part of in the future and we will ensure you are invited to the next relevant meetings. 

  • Education and Awareness Committee
  • Fundraising Committee


Walking Through Grief and Loss Support Walk

'Walking in nature is therapy for the body and soul" - Unknown


We will continue our Support Walks into the winter months as a drop-in group that will meet at Spraylakes Sawmill Family Sports Centre (Main Doors) every Tuesday. We meet at 10 am and walk outside if weather premits with the options of walking inside. We start walk at 10:00 am. We share an enjoyable 45-minute walk with the option of continuing the conversation and socializing at a local coffee shop afterwards.

Please note: This is NOT intended to be therapeutic group but to provide participants with an opportunity to experience the beauty of nature (or the companionship at Spraylakes indoors) and walk alongside others who are on a similar journey.

Our walks are free, with drop-in fees at Spraylakes covered by the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society.

If you are interested in volunteering to host a walk, please go to the following link:

Support Walk Host Sign Up

If you have any questions about the Support Walk please email:


We are excited to annouce that the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society in collaboration with AHPCA is planning a Roadshow event in the Town of Cochrane May 8, 2020!

Information on the event is provided below, and registration is now open by selecting the button:

Roadshow Registration



Hospice Calgary Education and Events: Spring 2020

Dying to Know Education Program

As you plan for the beginning of your new year, check out our upcoming Dying to Knowsessions: 

  • Cross Cultural Beliefs, Traditions, and Funeral Customs * Almost SOLD OUT  
  • Embracing Illness and Death through Ritual  
  • Reflections on Caregiving  

Spots fill up quickly - so book yours today!

These programs are open to anyone interested in a variety of topics related to death and dying. Dying to Know sessions are free of charge.

Hospice Calgary is a not-for-profit organization. Donations in support of this program help us build capacity in our communities, and can be made at the door or online.

All sessions take place at Sage Centre, 1245 70 Avenue SE, with free parking in front of the building and across the street at Trail Appliances. 

To download the printable Dying to Know 2020 Program, click here

Other Upcoming Sessions



Cross Cultural Beliefs,Traditions, and Funeral Customs

Would you like to know more and understand the basic beliefs, customs, and traditions of other cultures that may be unfamiliar to you?

Kathy S. Cloutier, Funeral Director, Manager of Community Relations with McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, will share her extensive experience about the human need that crosses all cultures - the need for understanding in the sorrow of death.

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Embracing Illness and Death through Ritual 

It can be hard to know what to do and how to make meaning through the journey of illness and death. Lisa Marie Walker, Life-Cycle Celebrant and Ceremonialist, will share the important role ceremony and ritual can have in supporting you through this transition time. 

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Reflections on Caregiving

Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful. What have you learned through your journey that you can share with others? Hospice Calgary Counsellor, Kathy Bach Patterson, and Family Caregiver, Heather Lucier, will share their experiences and strategies for facing difficult life transitions and developing resiliency.

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Upcoming Caregiver Event


Cochrane and Area Hospice Society Remembrance celebration! 

The Cochrane and Area Hospice Society would like to thank everyione who made the November 30, 2019 Remembrance Tree celebration a wonderful expereince.

It was a special day of remembering the many loved ones who remain close to our hearts, and will now become an anuual opportunity to share and celebrate the many special lives that have  lit up our two beautiful trees. Our celebration of remembring those special to us by replacing the white lights with coloured lights will occur again in 2020.

To all who provided donations to the CHS, we thank you and ensure that your donations will continue to support every opportunity to advocate and support the end-of-life journey that families encouter throughout the year.

Thank you to the River Reeds for their musical background.Certainly added a special touch to the event.



Thank You’s!

Thank you to the Cochrane Red Rock Runners who very kindly donated funds raised from their Christmas Run in addition to items that will be added to our Comfort Kits! Your support is highly appreciated!


Thank you to These Organizations Who Have Been Supporting the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society Either Through Funding, In-Kind Support or Strategic Partnerships


Get Involved

Cochanre is a town that takes great pride in it's community and it is the people which makes our town and surrounding area a great place to live. If you are one of those great people and you are looking for a way to give back, the Cochrane Hospice Society is always looking for new volunteers to assist at events, such as Hike For Hospice, or particiaption in one of our committees that support our goal to ensure availability of exemplary palliative, end of life, and bereavement care options in the community of Cochrane and Area. If you may be interested, please contact us at Volunteer for Hospice.

© Cochrane and Area Hospice Society 2020