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  1. E-News August – September 2022

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    Emily’s House / Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care
    E-Newsletter: August – September 2022

     

     


     

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    Summer Joy

     

     

    We hope summer brought you moments of joy, like this Paw Patrol pillowcase did for a child at Emily’s House!

     

    Therapy Dog Visits

     

     

    When a young child received a visit from a therapy dog at Emily’s House, “It inspired the first giant smile, and the greatest responsiveness she had shown in several days.” Starting in September, Therapy Dog Visits will be offered weekly/bi-weekly.

     

    Garden Memorial:  A Few Words from Emily’s mom

     

     

    Lindsey shared: “Sunday afternoon. Memorial Gathering outside Emily’s House with many, many other families who have also lost a child sometime during the past nine years. Meaningful, thoughtful, gently led. Such an important sense of coming-together in community, to honour, to remember. Deep consolation of a fellow-grieving community. Each family was given a lovely plant to add to the garden, accompanied by a stone with our child’s name engraved on it. Tears. Laughter. Coming away with very full hearts.”

     

    A mom’s hope on her grief journey: Cindy

     

     

    A mom recently remembered turning a corner in her grief journey a few years back: “I was standing in front of the second-floor window of Emily’s House with (my daughter) Natalie. A place we liked to come because it was quiet, and Natalie could feel the sun on her face. I was feeling very helpless that day, knowing that Natalie wouldn’t be with me, sharing these moments, for very much longer. I remember being scared not knowing what my family and our lives would be like without her. It was such an overwhelming feeling. When I looked down, Ava’s family was gathering to honour her and dedicate the garden in her memory. I watched as her family gathered before the ceremony, and it was in that moment that I felt a tiny seed of hope. I was watching a family who had recently lost their child and they were still a ‘family’. They found a way through their grief to create something beautiful and meaningful to them to honour their child. Of course, I didn’t know how important this beautiful garden would become to many families, including my own. I did know though, in that moment, that it is possible to still be a family after grief. The pain is there but others will also be there, to share and help you with your pain. I have not missed too many gatherings at the Garden Memorial, but every year I make sure I sit where I can still see that window. It gives me great peace to see where I once was, and where I am today in my grief, and honouring my daughter’s memory.” 

     

    Food Insecurity Threatens HIV/AIDS Medication Effectiveness

     

     

    For individuals with HIV/AIDS on antiviral medications, a good diet is essential to withstand the harsh medications and side effects: “The medication eats your insides.” In times of crisis, PAC works with People With AIDS (PWA), and our own hospice volunteers who initiate food drives, to provide food relief. With adequate food, medication adherence, community resources, and support that is a phone call away, the journey with HIV/AIDS can be more manageable.
    Photo: Our team met Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, at the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal this summer.

     

    Volunteers

     

     

    The Connection, a new newsletter, provides twice monthly updates on all the ways volunteers can connect to our community. In September, there’s: professional development on music therapy; opportunities to volunteer at Art with Heart (Oct 18); and, a need for volunteers at Emily’s House, and volunteer matches with community clients.

     

    Emily’s House Medical Respite
    Testimonials from Caregivers

     

    “When [my daughter] is at Emily’s House, I know she is safe and looked after.… I probably should have taken some time for myself, but it felt good to just be a normal person again.”

    “When you have a child in crisis, a few hours to focus on a baseball game, or a fun outing, can provide new energy to meet the challenge of their on-going situation.”

     

    Supporting Caregivers:  
    Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation

     

     

    Thank you to Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation for donating to our caregiver supports. We are delighted to join this “Shine the Light” initiative: shining a light on this important issue today. The neon symbol, photographed here in our window is to generate awareness for those: “Who are quietly helping loved ones in our communities.”

     

    Enbridge Fueling Futures Vibrant Community Grant: Featured Donor

     

     

    Thanks to Enbridge for their donation towards new Social Worker capabilities integrated into the Emily’s House core team, which are already having a positive impact for our families.

     

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    How You Can Help

     

    Donate online today, and support compassionate hospice care in your community:

    https://www.philipazizcentre.ca/how-you-can-help/  or  http://www.emilyshouse.ca/donate/

     

    Emily’s House / Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care, 558 Gerrard St E Toronto, ON  M4M 1X8. 
    To donate, visit: philipazizcentre.ca. Thank you for having a heart for hospice!


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  2. How You Can Help: Gifts Needed 2022

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    Thank you for your interest in helping.  You can make miracles out of minutes for children and adults with life-limiting illness, and entire families in need of compassionate hospice supports. Please donate today.

    When you give the gift of hospice, your donation might translate into:

    Give the gift of hospice:

    $25 – Music Therapy / Recreation:  A $25 gift could be the equivalent of one hour of Music / Art Therapy or Recreation Programming for a child or youth. Really, this is a gift of joy!

    $50 – Outings / Adventures:  A $50 donation could enable a community outing or adventure (i.e., movie, excursion fees plus wheelchair accessible transportation for needed respite).

    $75 – Grocery Gift Cards / Benevolent Fund:  Over 50 families in our programs experience financial insecurity, and welcome practical support, like food and gas. Gift cards are always needed. A donation of $75 could purchase three gift cards.

    $100 – Support for Families / Individuals:  To encourage improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes, our psychosocial supports include patient advocacy, counselling, facilitated groups, grief / bereavement, spiritual care and referrals for specialized care.  A $100 donation could impact an entire family!

    $300 – Volunteers:  A donation of $300 could train one new hospice volunteer to provide compassionate care, companionship and / or play. Our Volunteer program supports children, adults, families, food / groceries, gardening, transportation, and helps augment other critical hospice care delivery. (For more information on our Volunteer Program, visit: https://www.philipazizcentre.ca/volunteering/).

    $500 – Legacy Work:  Legacy work is a cornerstone of paediatric palliative care. Families can choose from a range of activities, events and keepsakes that we customize to the memory of their child, with lasting therapeutic / healing benefits. The cost of Legacy Programming to support one family at Emily’s House averages $300 to $500.

    $1,000 – A Day of Care at Emily’s House:  A Day of Care at Emily’s House children’s hospice includes 24 hours of physician-supervised clinical care in our hospice home, recreation, and quality-of-life therapies for a child with a life-limiting illness and complex care needs, plus in-house supports for the entire whole family.

    $5,000-$500,000+ – Medical Equipment / Resources (Annually): The Emily's House Clinical Program is the main “lifeline” of our palliative care programs at approximately 61% of our annual operating budget.  Beyond doctors, nurses and clinical care staff, the program budget includes medical supplies, medical gases, acquisition / maintenance of adaptive equipment that makes the bedrooms and facilities accessible for children and youth with limited mobility and complex medical needs, and high-quality controls to minimize risks to our vulnerable children clients. 

    $_______ Any Amount of Your Choice:  When you donate a gift of any amount of your choice, it will be directed where the need is greatest.

     

    Donate now at: 

    To be reminded of the kind of impact your support makes:

     

    With your help, children, adults and families will have access to family time, making new memories, psychosocial supports … quality of life.  They will find the opportunity to embrace the gift of each day.

    Thank you.

  3. 2022 Toronto Hike for Hospice Partners – Join Team Emily’s House / PAC – April 2 – May 1, 2022

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    JOIN TEAM EMILY’S HOUSE / PAC!!!

    Toronto Hike for Hospice Partners – April 2 – May 1, 2022
     
    $25 to register.  Additional fundraising is encouraged. Have a heart for hospice!

    Everyone eventually will be touched by hospice care – in their community, family, and in their own home.  We invite you to help us offer compassionate care and support for families in our community.  Come hike with us! Create a team!

    Hike Highlights:

    ♦ Sunday May 1 at Riverdale Park West in Cabbagetown, for a 2km or 5km hike in the scenic neighbourhood.  The event will also feature music, kids’ games, snacks and coffee, and a chance to get together with others.

    ♦As part of 20th annual Hike for Hospice, all registered participants are invited to take part in the 3 virtual activities leading up to our in-person finale hike.  Access our FAQ for further information.

    ♦ PRIZES!!!  If you are triumphant in a virtual event, and for Fundraising Efforts.

     

    Emily’s House / Philip Aziz Centre and Hospice Toronto have again joined forces, as Toronto Hike for Hospice 2022 Partners, to host our 20th annual Toronto Hike for Hospice Partners to raise awareness and funds in support of GTA hospice programs. 

    Annually, our partner hospices provide:

    ► Visiting volunteer and direct staff support to almost 2,000 individuals in the GTA in need of hospice care

    ► Caregiver relief, respite, support and resources, including 65,000 volunteer hours

    ► Counseling and care support to individuals and groups coping with illness, caregiving or bereavement

    100% of all funds raised through Hike for Hospice Partners will remain in your community, to raise public awareness and ensure that hospice palliative care is available for people with a life-threatening illness or in need of end-of-life supports, and their caregivers and loved ones at no cost to them.

    The number of people impacted by our programs is increasing yearly. With Toronto's rapidly aging population, and adults and children living longer with complex illness, the need for compassionate, hospice palliative care and support to improve people's quality of life, and support their caregivers and loved ones, is greater than ever before.

    Hike for Hospice Palliative Care is a Canadian national fundraising event held across that brings together organizations working collectively in hospice palliative care to raise funds and awareness in their community.

    ♦ Only 16% to 30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services depending on where they live in Canada. Even fewer receive grief and bereavement services.

    ♦ Each death in Canada affects the immediate wellbeing of an average of 5 other people, or more than 1.25 million Canadians each year. (Estimate provided by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association).

    ♦ Hospice palliative care programs allow patients to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively, and provides support to family caregivers.

     

    To Sponsor:                Please contact ellenw@philipazizcentre.ca

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    To Donate to a Team or Hiker:                                 

     

    2022 Toronto Hike for Hospice Sponsors: 

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  4. 2022 Winter Memorial

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    Update

    Philip Aziz Centre and Emily’s House Winter Memorial 2022

    You can watch the memorial anytime – service, songs, poetry, remembrances, and candle lighting, in memory of children who journeyed with us. The presentation was originally live-streamed and is now available to watch on our YouTube Channel:  https://youtu.be/_WGpCK1GRj4

    Winter Memorial – Emily’s House / Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care

    Sunday, January 23rd at 2:30 pm

    Everyone is welcome. The program will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzg8iiM_6Ow

    For those who are unable to join at that time, the Memorial will be available afterwards on our YouTube channel as well.

  5. Bereavement Support Group

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    Contact Sandy at the number provided.