May PRHPCS Quilt Draw

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

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:

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 & Jeanette Burton Winners of our 2 quilts!

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 Please specify the number of tickets and your name and phone number. Draw May 19, 2021.

2020 Survey Results

In September 2020, PRHPCS conducted an online community hospice palliative care survey available on our FB and Website. We also emailed the survey out to all of our past supporters but only received 4 back – concerned our survey went to their junk mail. In total, we received 27 surveys filled out.

We realize hospice palliative care is not always easy for families to discuss, nor do they know what questions to ask on upcoming needs. Our goal is to help navigate this new life journey, during and after, with continued community functions throughout the year – before covid – creating an awareness of our resources available to the community.

Webpage and Facebook can limit some of our supporters, as they are not into this
form of communication. The 55 to 74 age group was the group that filled out the
most surveys.

PRHPCS discussed the survey results at their January 2021 meeting. Below are the
requests with our response at this time:

PRHPCS resources available online on our webpage – Those included are:
– PRHPCS Community Resource Pamphlet
– AHS Palliative Care Resource (PCR) Nurse @ 403 362-3210
– Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association – ; ww ;
– Canadian Virtual Hospice –
– Brooks Home care – 403-501-3244;
– SPEC – .
– AHS Volunteer Coordinator 403 501-3207 at
– Equipment rental: AJ’s Loan Cupboard (Medicine Hat) 403 580-5580
– Medicine Hat Red Cross (403) 526-3048

Help requested: we have listed existing resources or ones outside our goals:
● Special facility or designated wing – BHC is under construction with 5 designated pc rooms. There is 1 bed in Bassano Hospital.
● Respite Care – PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; Home care and speak to your family doctor for options.
● Palliative care vs regular care in hosp. – BHC new unit when built and existing bed at Bassano Hospital. PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; online resources from our webpage.
● Caregivers need more one on one support – PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; Home care; Clergy; online resources from our webpage.
● Reassessing family roles – PCR Nurse; Resource pamphlet, ‘Saying goodbye’ book in comfort basket; Home care and online resources from our webpage.

● Info on what to expect – PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; Comfort basket; online resources from our webpage.
● Client Counselling & Grief – PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; ongoing evening bereavement group; and online resources from our webpage.
● Volunteer training – meet 3 times a year, attend one conference once per year, access to educational info. – Covid has preempted our volunteer training.
We are working with AHS to provide our volunteer training. In the near future, they are going to again offer – No one dies alone – NODA – We have a dementia workshop in the planning subject to covid rules. In the meantime, check out our
online resources for info. Society volunteers must register through AHS Volunteer Coordinator start online at then contact the VC @ 403 501-3207.
● Spiritual care – Our resource pamphlet – their own clergy. While in the hospital you can access the minister on call.
● Hire a part-time minister for clients and family. This is beyond our society goals at this time. Access their own clergy or while in the hospital they are able to access the on call clergy.
● Follow up after the EOL journey with family/caregiver . PCR Nurse; Evening bereavement group plans on followup connection after EOL.
● Resources for ‘all things that come after’ – PCR Nurse; Funeral homes are a very good resource for the paperwork. Access our online resources for other needs.
● Financial assistance before EOL. – PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; Home care.
● Support group – PCR Nurse; Our Evening bereavement – our online resources.
● Info on local rental places – PCR Nurse; and our resource pamphlet.
● General info link – Our resource pamphlet and online resources.
● Info on health care options – PCR Nurse; Our resource pamphlet; online resources .
● Videos on website – Our website and online resources .

PRHPCS thanks those that took the time to fill out our online survey. We are pleased to see the community supports our work. We, also, see areas that support is still needed. From the survey and discussions with caregivers, we recently created a PRHPCS Resource Brochure (found on our website) with local resources in one place for easy access.
Hospice palliative care needs are growing and evolving every day in Brooks and the area. PRHPCS is making positive attempts to be advocates of hospice palliative care needs.
PRHPCS Directors and Members.