Fall Virtual Community Memorial Service

September 19, 2021 at 2 P.M.

Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society will be presenting an online non-denominational Memorial Service in memory of the loss of your loved one(s) who passed away between January 1st, 2021 and June 30th, 2021. The names of the honorees were copied from the Obituaries published in the Brooks Bulletin.

Please join us in lighting a candle, at your home, in honor of the loss of loved ones in our community and facilities. Watch the full service here:

Live Link:


We will be streaming live on Facebook@Newell Christian Community.

Please pass this date and link onto your family and friends for the online service. It will be saved to view afterwards at any time.

Thank you to Newell Christian Community for the leadership – Pastor Terry Jackson, music – Anita and technology to provide us with an online service.

Next – Spring Community Memorial Service – March 20, 2022 2:00 p.m. Online.

Comfort Bags

PRHPCS Comfort bags are now available for all palliative care clients. The team leads on each unit at the hospital in Brooks and Bassano, as well as, the palliative care resource nurse,  have the form to fill out for these pre-made comfort bags. 

May PRHPCS Quilt Draw

May PRHPCS Quilt Draw with longtime palliative care volunteer Fay Altwasser and members Elizabeth Harms, Marg Laux and Colleen Davidson.

May Quilt winners: Maria Along, Marian Shantz quilt creator and donor & Jeanette Burton

Our Fall quilt raffle for the 2 remaining quilts by Marian Shantz will start Oct. 15/21.

Celebrating 5 Years!

We celebrated 5 years of serving the community through Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society. Thanks for journeying alonsgide us!

(Photo: Betty Hansen, Marg Laux, Colleen Davidson, Pastor John Theiss and Cindy Young, Rose Anderson, Linda Currie. Missing: Angela MacDonald, Jenn Thom, Alana Alvis.)

Update! AGM – Now June 2, 2021

Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society


  June 2, 2021   6:30 p.m.

Linda Currie’s Quonset   Covid rules apply.

Please RSVP May 31/21 if you are able to attend to make seating arrangements.


AHPCA Roadshow Spring 2021

The AHPCA team is excited to announce that REGISTRATION FOR AHPCA ROADSHOW IS OPEN! Please distribute this email to anybody who may be interested. A PDF poster is attached if you would like to share on your website.

Six evening sessions with six different topics are available to you from the comfort of your home.

All are welcome to join the Roadshow on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 8:30 pm on Zoom.

$20 per session for AHPCA members

$40 per session for members of the public

Current AHPCA members get a 50% discount. Now is the perfect time to renew your membership.

Attend all six topics at a reduced price if you purchase the bundle by May 4.

Alternatively, build your own Roadshow experience by choosing from the following sessions:

MAY 5 – Complicated Pandemic Grief

People have experienced so many pandemic losses in addition to death. Blair Collins, Grief Counsellor, will talk about the need to acknowledge these additional losses during our grief journeys now. Full details and registration.

MAY 6 – This is Your Brain on Grief

Learn steps you can take to prevent physical, emotional and mental damage during this stress-filled and isolating pandemic. Rick Bergh, Bereavement Educator, will teach six interventions you can begin using today. Full details and registration.

MAY 12 – Normalizing Pandemic Caregiver Grief

Darrin Parkin, Spiritual Care Clinician, will share his personal frontline hopital pandemic experience. Caregiver grief reactions are normal and must be recognized. Full details and registration.

MAY 13 – The Isolated Brain and What It Needs

How do we combat the social isolation and loneliness of the pandemic? Erica Phare-Bergh, Choir Director for those with memory loss, will lead us in 90 minutes of social singing super-stimulus for our brains. Full details and registration.

MAY 19 – How the Pandemic Has Challenged Our Idea of a Good Death

The pandemic has shaken our cultural myth of a “good death”: a pain-free, peaceful death surrounded by loved ones. Blair Collins, Grief Counsellor, invites you to reflect on your own myth and how the pandemic has impacted your ability to journey with someone at the end of life. Full details and registration.

MAY 20 – Death Ed. – Grief & Loss Education

Jeremy Allen, licensed funeral director/embalmer, better prepares us to walk alongside others during times of grief and loss. Full details and registration.

We look forward to seeing you at AHPCA’s Roadshow Spring 2021!

Free Spring Webinar Series on Palliative Care

In light of these difficult times, we would like to invite you to attend a free, nation-wide webinar series as both thanks for all your hard work, and a way to help you move forward in the coming months.

Beginning May 4th, 2021, Life and Death Matters (LDM)Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) are excited to offer a series of FREE WEBINARS specifically for YOU! These webinars are presented monthly, are one hour long and ideal for PSWs/HCAs/CCAs.

Webinar topics:

1.    Experiences of Providing Care During COVID

2.    Addressing Our Grief Associated With COVID

3.    Fatigue, Burnout and Resilience

4.    What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

5.    But They’re Not Palliative Yet!

6.    Help for the holidays!

This will be an opportunity for you to meet leading professionals in the field, address current issues, and connect with PSWs experiencing similar challenges.

Register here: https://lifeanddeathmatters.lt.acemlnc.com/

National Volunteer Week April 18-24, 2021

“The gift of time is priceless – thank you for sharing yours.”

Prairie Rose would like to thank our volunteer Directors for their continued volunteering during covid-19 restrictions to keep our Society goals going for our clients and their families in Brooks, Bassano Hospital and the area.

To be a PRHPCS Volunteer:

  • Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
  • Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
  • Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel
  • Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better
  • Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might
  • Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through

Prairie Rose would like to thank and acknowledge our Directors: Linda Currie, Cindy Young, Betty Hansen, Linda Simpson, Angela DeBlasio, Pastor John Theiss, Jenn Thom, Marg Laux, Rose Anderson, Angela MacDonald, Alana Alvis.

We would also like to thank the volunteer members that worked right alongside us this year: Julie Tateson, Wendy Metcalf, Amy Dyck, Bev Signarowski, Rev. Janice Whitelock, Colleen Davidson, Cheryl Hansen, Jen Trenerry, Vern Alvis, Elizabeth Harms.

PRHPCS May Quilt Raffle – SOLD OUT!

Congratulations to Maria Along, Marian Shantz creator & donor of the 2 quilts & Jeanette Burton Winners of our 2 quilts in the May Raffle!

Tickets go on sale Oct. 15/21 for Marian’s other 2 quilts donated to PRHPCS! Thank you Marian.

Quilt Raffle Poster

Two chances to win a Handmade Quilt (80×150″)!

400 Tickets printed at $5.00 each. Draw May 19, 2021.

At the Trees of Hope Display in the Brooks Health Centre. License#: 750551

Quilts made and donated by Marian Shantz.

Quilt(s) will be on display for the next while at: Kalm’s Quilting & Fabric


Thank you to the businesses for hosting our quilt and selling tickets for us. Wild Prairie Hair Design, Chinook Credit Union and Kalm’s Quilting & Fabric.

PRHPCS will be switching out to other businesses and let you know where and when on our web page and FB pages. Thank you to these host businesses who also will be selling the $5.00 raffle tickets on a chance to win one of 2 original handmade quilts.

Tickets available from members or on our website through e-transfer to prhpcs@gmail.com. Please specify the number of tickets and your name and phone number. Draw May 19, 2021.