Serenity House Hospice

Christmas Newsletter

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank You for all you did in 2012!

UPCOMING EVENTS- Please share with family and friends

Kids Grief Group

Starting January 8th ending April 23rd 2013

For children ages 5-13

Activities include: Sharing groups, arts and crafts, games a commemoration ceremony, and much more!

To be held in the Elgin Mall Community Room the 2nd and 4th Tuesday 4 to 5:30pm

Contact Serenity House for more information 519 637 3034


Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Will Schwalbe, the author of “The End of Your Life Book Club”

Will and his mother Mary Anne loved to read and discuss what they were reading—a love that grew even more important after Mary Anne was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

The “End of Your Life Book Club” is a very wise book which meditates on death, dying and parent-child relationships. Interspersed between this motif, are countless smaller grains of wisdom, sometimes from Will and sometimes from his mother. In each chapter, the author uses a book or several books as a conduit for his message.

There is a possibility that Mr. Schwalbe may visit us in the Spring. In the Meantime, I am trying to determine if there is any interest in forming a small book club, based upon his book and the books they read. Some of the books on their book list deal with cancer or death, but other books, on their list are “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Olive Kitteridge. Our club could meet at serenity House Hospice and take any form we want…. Anybody interested in pursuing this? Call or e mail Lynn

16-hour PIECES Education Program - St. Thomas - Feb 1 & 19, 2013

Cost of registration for participants will be covered through Behaviour
Supports Ontario funding, please choose this option when registering
participants. Space is limited to 25 persons. There will be other sessions
available in the area and these can be found on the PIECES Canada Website.

The P.I.E.C.E.S. 16hr program focuses on the development of six core competencies to:

+ Detect or flag cognitive/mental health needs and associated behavioural issues.
+ Use the template to guide a systematic, comprehensive, and team approach to complex issues.
+ Use the recommended tools to collect data.
+ Plan care with others (internal and external to the organization).
+ Evaluate based on the goals developed through care planning.
+ Coach other staff to develop the above five competencies in others

For more information please Contact Heather Mudford;

Next Volunteer Meeting January 15th at 5:00pm