Compassionate Communities

A compassionate city is a community that recognizes that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur every day within the orbits of its institutions and regular activities. Its residents recognize that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.

A Compassion Community has 3 social Aims. They are;

Recognize all cycles of natural life

Accept that caregiving, dying, death and grieving exists in our everyday activities and interactions

Recognize that care is not only the job of healthcare professionals and social service, but that it is everyone’s business.

Check out this video to help you better understand the idea, benefits and impact of building, and being part of, a compassionate community.

Bills World by Milford Care Facility

Compassion communities are inspired and built by propelling work through different partnerships including;
• Based on Compassion Cities: Public health and end of life care, by Allan Kellehear

Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Children’s Grief Awareness day is the third Thursday in November. A day that honours the 39,700 children across Canada that experience the death of a parent or sibling each year.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that in many cases support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. It also provides an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has on the life of a child, and creates an opportunity to ensure these children receive the support that they need. The third Tuesday in November is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children since the holiday season is often an especially difficult time after a death. 

To learn more about Children’s Grief Awareness Day, click here

Butterfly Origami Activity

One of the activities that can be done in honour of Children’s Grief Awareness Day is creating Butterfly Origami as these are also thought to symbolize a person’s essence, or soul, either past, present or future. Butterflies serve as a symbol for grieving children; just as a butterfly emerges from a dark cocoon, a child can find light as they move through grief.

Event Calendar

To learn more about our upcoming events, visit our full calendar.

Event Calendar

To learn more about our upcoming events, visit our full calendar.

Olive, Book Club Participant
"I have really appreciated my time with the Book Club and have learned so much about Grief and Mourning that I will be very disappointed to miss the last meeting. I will be in touch with you in the New Year to learn more about how I can gain more experience and knowledge on the subject we are studying."

Compassionate Communities

A compassionate city is a community that recognizes that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur every day within the orbits of its institutions and regular activities. Its residents recognize that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.

Olive, Book Club Participant
"I have really appreciated my time with the Book Club and have learned so much about Grief and Mourning that I will be very disappointed to miss the last meeting. I will be in touch with you in the New Year to learn more about how I can gain more experience and knowledge on the subject we are studying."

A Compassion Community has 3 social Aims. They are;

Recognize all cycles of natural life

Accept that caregiving, dying, death and grieving exists in our everyday activities and interactions

Recognize that care is not only the job of healthcare professionals and social service, but that it is everyone’s business.

Check out these two videos to help you better understand the idea, benefits and impact of building, and being part of, a compassionate community.

Limericks Compassionate Communities

Bills World by Milford Care Facility

Compassion communities are inspired and built by propelling work through different partnerships including;
• Based on Compassion Cities: Public health and end of life care, by Allan Kellehear
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Event Calendar

To learn more about our upcoming events, visit our full calendar.

Calling all Knitters to inspire Random Acts of Kindness

A big thanks to all the volunteers who knit these hugs for Heart House so we can share with grieving children and families in our community. What better way to let someone know you are thinking or them by sharing or sending a hug. Learn more here