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Hope and Healing Through Connection

DHH is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the provision of non-medical support for those affected by or caring for an individual with a life-threatening illness, as well as bereavement support.

 

Programs Calendars

Please look below for details of programs. Click on the corresponding file folder icon to view calendar.



  Caregiver Support Groups

The Caregiver Support Program promotes open discussions on the frustrations that accompany care giving, but more importantly, the opportunity to identify skills and activities caregivers can develop to improve their level of support and strategies to manage stress in order to prevent 'burnout'. Clients meet in order to explore common experiences in being the primary caregiver.

Our Evening Caregiver Support Group meets in-house on Tuesday evenings over 8 weeks  from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Prior registration is required.

(Group will be offered when minimum number of six participants have registered)

 


   Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Support groups provide a safe and nurturing environment for family members or friends who are trying to cope with the illness or loss of a loved one.
The staff and trained volunteers in the Bereavement Program help individuals deal with grief that often manifests itself as sadness, guilt, frustration and anger. Clients can share feelings of loss, or share the understanding, communication and healing process with family members.

Our Open Bereavement Support Group meets in-house the 1st and 3rd  Tuesday of the month  over 8 weeks  from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Prior registration is required. 

(Group will be offered when minimum number of six participants have registered)

 

Walk and Talk:  The Bereavement Walk and Talk Program offers an enjoyable way to meet other individuals who have been recently bereaved.  The group is facilitated by two trained Hospice Volunteers and meets weekly on Wednesday mornings (9:00 a.m.) at Fairy Lake.  Group members can discuss their loss if they wish, or just enjoy the local scenery and the exercise.  The group meets at The Maids Cottage for coffee (optional) at the end of the walk.  Registration is required.

It is an ongoing bereavement support program. Not available during the snowy season.  Clients and volunteers meet every Wednesday morning at Fairy Lake in Newmarket (9:00 am. - 9:45 a.m.) for a therapeutic walking session.   Coffee afterwards optional.

 

Adult Child Loss: Is a bereavement support program. The session will begin when enough participants choose to join the program. Click to learn more.

Support for Suicide Loss: Is a bereavement support program. The session will begin when enough participants choose to join the program. Click to learn more.

School Support: Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement supported in York Region School. Students may be referred from the Guidance Department at the school or families may contact Doane House Hospice directly. Click to learn more.


  Newly-Diagnosed Art Therapy Group (8 Weeks)

Art therapy is often used to promote physical healing and to give meaning to life following a difficult medical diagnosis, trauma to the body, or aggressive medical treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Our Newly-Diagnosed Art Therapy Group meets in-house over 8 Weeks on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required. 

Click on the folder icon to see the current 8 week program calendars.


Parent-Child Bereavement Art Therapy Group (8 Weeks)

Art Therapy programs at Doane House Hospice allow bereaved children and their parents to honour the most precious memories associated with their parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend. Spontaneous art-making allows for a visceral expression of feelings that cannot be expressed in words. Group settings provide opportunities to share precious memories, and honour the lives of loved ones. Our Parent-Child Bereavement Art Therapy Group meets in-house on Tuesday afternoons over 8 weeks from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

 


 

Parent-Teen Bereavement Art Therapy Group (8 Weeks)

Art Therapy programs at Doane House Hospice allow bereaved children and their parents to honour the most precious memories associated with their parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend. Spontaneous art-making allows for a visceral expression of feelings that cannot be expressed in words. Group settings provide opportunities to share precious memories, and honour the lives of loved ones. Our Parent-Teen Bereavement Art Therapy Group meets in-house for 8 weeks from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. when we have minimum of 6 teens. Registration is required.

 



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Help sustain the Art Therapy program by purchasing prints of some of the art created by the clients.

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Art Therapy Program

Art Therapy is a different approach to traditional talk therapy, where participants can use the art process to express thoughts and feelings they may not know how to otherwise express.