Hospice Counselling

Our goal at Heart House Hospice is to provide information and support that enables individuals and families to cope with and prepare for end-of-life issues.

What will I want or need at the end of my life?  What help is available to me?  What decisions will I have to make?  Will I suffer pain and what medications or services are available to manage my symptoms?  How can I let my family and care team know my wishes?  If I am ill, will I be a burden to others?  Is it possible to die at home?  These are just a few questions our Hospice Counsellors can help individuals and families address.

Our staff team can help you deal with important physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues; as well as helping you to deal with feelings, needs, hopes and fears.  We can help you explore opportunities for meaningful end of life experiences and/or personal or spiritual growth.

In many circumstances, a plan brings peace of mind and comfort; end-of-life planning has the same result.  We can provide information and education that will help you develop a plan of care; a plan that communicates your wishes and shares them with others.  Heart House Hospice provides end-of-life support.  We can arrange visiting volunteers to support you and your loved ones.  We can provide spiritual and bereavement support.  We can offer therapies that help address pain.  We can offer counselling support that provides peace of mind.  We can offer a weekly program for individuals living with a life-limiting illness.

Living with dying is a reality we will all face:  a reality made easier by talking about it and planning for it.  Contact Heart House Hospice at 905-712-8119 for more details.

What is the difference between standard medical care and hospice?  
“The difference between standard medical care and hospice is not the difference between treating and doing nothing,” she explained.  “The difference was in your priorities.  In ordinary medicine, the goal is to extend life.  We’ll sacrifice the quality of your existence now – by performing surgery, providing chemotherapy, putting you in intensive care – for the chance of gaining time later.  Hospice deploys nurses, doctors, and social workers to help people with a fatal illness have the fullest possible lives right now.  That means focusing on objectives like freedom from pain and discomfort, or maintaining mental awareness for as long as possible, or getting out with family once in a while.”  New Yorker, August 2010.

Heart House Hospice helps people on their end of life journey so that they fully live during their end of life. While pain control and symptom management are essential to quality care, education and support about coping and end of life options are equally as important.

Living with a life threatening, terminal illness raises a lot of questions: How do I tell my children what’s happening? I’m afraid of what impact dying at home will have on my family, what are my options? Who do I call when my loved one dies?

Heart House Hospice supports individuals and families who use our services to find the answers to many questions and helps them cope during their journey.

End-of-life care is something we’re all going to face one day. But for many people in our community, they have no choice but to live out their final days in a clinical setting. Heart House Hospice has been working in the communities of Brampton and Mississauga since 1985 to offer people at this stage in life comfort, compassion, emotional and spiritual support.

Heart House Hospice programs are offered at no cost to individuals and families.  We receive partial funding from the government but to bridge the gap, we must raise $595,000 annually.  We rely on the generosity of corporations, foundations, community minded citizens, service clubs and special events.

If you or someone you know is facing their end-of-life journey contact Heart House Hospice at 905-712-8119 to find out how we can help you