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Psychosocial ECHO – another successful series underway

When we launched our Grief & Bereavement ECHO series for the Advance Palliative Psychosocial BC Community of Practice in January, we were overwhelmed with the response! It was very clear that this was topic of interest to the Community of Practice, and our 50 seats were soon a sell-out.

Now half-way through our six-session series, the sessions have been a productive time for participants to learn and grow together. So far, the group has covered Practitioner Grief and Loss, Guilt and Grief and the Imprint of Traumatic Stress.

For these sessions, the majority of time has been spent in breakout rooms with a facilitator to guide discussion through selected questions. Through these conversations, participants share clinical experiences, recommendations, thoughtful reflections, and approaches, tools, and resources they use from which to learn and grow.

Quotes from attendees:
“Love these sessions; great connection; safe space to talk and share”
“Wonderful self care I didn’t know I needed”

As the Provincial Palliative Hub for ECHO, the BCCPC ECHO team is grateful to the psychosocial palliative care leaders who are part of our hub team.  It is a great pleasure to support them in co-creating this ECHO community of practice to provide this opportunity for psychosocial palliative care providers to connect and share their clinical knowledge and wisdom.

Heather Mohan, PhD, RCC, MTA
Co-founder and Executive Director, Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care

Mary Coleman, MSW, RSW
Clinical Practice Lead, Bereavement, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Marney Thompson, M.A.
Director of Bereavement Services, Victoria Hospice

Michele Martin, MSW, RSW
Social Worker, Palliative Care Consult Team, Langley Hospice & Community.

Oceanna Hall, M.Div., M.Ed., RCH, Certified CASC Clinical Specialist
Spiritual Health Practitioner, Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Wendy Wainwright, MEd.
Retired, Director of Clinical Services, Victoria Hospice

Bereavement in the Context of Homelessness

 

Part of our Grief & Bereavement Literacy ECHO series

This session will focus on the recent research that investigated bereavement in the context of homelessness and how best to improve the access and quality of support available. The people who conducted the 80 in-person interviews with those with lived experience will share their reflections on the experience and lessons learned. Poster you can print and share linked here.

Presenters: Joshua Black, PhD, Bereavement Initiative Manager, BCCPC and Stephanie Laing, MSW, RSW, Director of Operations at Kelowna Homelessness Research Centre

*Please note that this session is scheduled for 75 minutes*

This series is for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge around grief and bereavement to support them personally or in their professional careers.

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All Together ECHO: Wind Phones: Transcending Time and Space, Keeping Relationships in Place

 

All Together, a compassionate communities initiative, is open to Health Care Providers, Volunteers, Volunteer lead organizations, Community Groups, and individuals looking to be inspired by and learn from others developing compassionate communities.

This session we will learn about Wind Phones and how they provide a space for people who are grieving to connect and talk to those they are missing. We will hear from local BC organizations who have set up Wind Phones. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share.

Presenters:

  • Brittany Borean, Bereavement Services Coordinator – Youth and Young Adults Program, Crossroads Hospice Society
  • Heather Fraser, Operations Manager, Oceanside Hospice Society

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You Are Missing From Me: the Lifelong Grief of Bereaved Parents

 

Part of our Grief & Bereavement Literacy ECHO series

Presenter: Mary Coleman, MSW, RSW Clinical Practice Lead, Bereavement Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Bereaved parents have a unique and complex experience of bereavement, requiring an understanding that adaptation and integration of this loss is an enduring process of continuing bonds and meaning reconstruction. The session will provide an overview of the particular ways bereaved parents work to express this to those around them including loved ones, larger social circles, peer support groups, and professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with bereaved parents to hear their voices and reflections in an interactive forum. Poster you can print and share linked here.

This series is for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge around grief and bereavement to support them personally or in their professional careers.

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Humour finds a place in compassionate communities

What should you say when someone living with dementia suggests they should leap off a balcony because someone is invading their living space?

Perhaps try suggesting that they haven’t had their afternoon tea yet.

An appreciation for humour enables people to foster connections and camaraderie in the best – and worst – of times. Christian Cowley, Executive Director, CEED Centre Society at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, implements this approach in every aspect of his work, building pathways to peace and understanding through humour.

Setting the bar for what it means to be a ‘compassionate community’, staff at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House are passionate and committed to enhancing the quality of life for those with a life-limiting illness. Christian explains that his organization carries this out by getting people together to share their lived experiences – in an open-minded, fun, and relaxed setting.

People with dementia create unique challenges for caregivers, friends, and family. The Seniors Activity Group Eh! (SAGE) at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House provides a welcoming space for widows and widowers to connect and share their life experiences. Participants in this CEED programme learn useful strategies from one other in a stigma-free space, welcoming an element of humour into the discussions. The organization also offers other community-inspired and led programs, including the CEED Centre Art Group for artists of all abilities, and Wednesday Community Discussion for the public.

The CEED Centre Society focuses on building a compassionate community ‘from the inside out’ by mobilizing the talents, skills and knowledge of people, organizations, and institutions in the community. To this end, they collaborate with complementary organizations including BCCPC through the Seed Grants program, to expand their programs and strengthen their own organization. As well, community-wide agency networks have been invaluable resources for the CEED Centre Society, helping with joint funding, referrals, issue scoping, idea brainstorming and moral support to reduce the burden of some of the challenges.

Success has not come easy for the CEED programmes, however. Volunteers, funding, staffing and the age of the groups create occasional challenges. As people age, transportation and access to technology may be problematic. It can also be difficult to find people who are isolated if they’re not socially connected. Finally, the cost of advertising makes it prohibitive to keep people informed.

To overcome these hurdles, the group keeps its programming very flexible and keeps their eye out for champions in the community to meet emerging needs. For example, they created the Golden Ears Transition Initiative (GETI) as a grassroots umbrella organization to make the community more resilient to climate change and other global issues. This initiative seeks synergies and collaborators in each sector and provides volunteer opportunities, including for seniors with dementia.

Christian Cowley, Executive Director, CEED Centre Society, says “It’s my job to encourage our team to push ahead despite these impediments and follow the wisdom of Margaret J. Wheatley. She said that activists can continue to act in the face of burnout not because they can expect results, but because they know it’s simply right to carry on.”

“Building a compassionate community is a team effort on many levels,” says Christian. “We’re all in this together and are all striving to make a difference in others’ lives. The results are worth the effort – it’s incredibly fulfilling.”

The CEED Centre Society is clearly a social innovator, fostering social connections – so that we can all thrive as part of a compassionate community.

Are you interested in starting up a compassionate community initiative to support people who are affected by a serious illness, end-of-life, or grieving experience?
Visit our website for resources: www.bc-cpc.ca/all-resources/community-organizations/
Contact us: conversations@bc-cpc.ca

All Together ECHO series

A compassionate communities initiative, the All Together ECHO series is open to healthcare providers, volunteers, volunteer-led organizations, community groups, and individuals looking to be inspired by and learn from others developing compassionate communities.

The series began as a follow-up to an inaugural All Together Symposium in 2022 and continues the symposium’s work to help bridge the gap between the health system’s approach and the compassionate communities’ approach to palliative care.

So far in the series, we have had discussions on core concepts of compassionate communities, explored research around social prescribing, featured communities engaged in compassionate community initiatives and discussed the importance of essential conversations and how we can engage in having these conversations.

Leading up to this year’s All Together Symposium – Nurturing Partnerships, Reimagining Palliative Care (coming on October 4, 2024), the All Together ECHO series is a great way to be inspired and share resources, knowledge and ideas before the symposium, in a virtual format.

The All Together ECHO series is a great way to get inspired in the lead-up to the All Together Symposium – Nurturing Partnerships, Reimagining Palliative Care (coming on October 4, 2024). In our virtual sessions, you can share resources, knowledge and ideas that will prime you to get the most out of the in-person symposium.

At our June 10 ECHO session called “Go Grey – Why Museum Resources are Good for the Well-being of Seniors” Kim Gough, Acting Director, Visitor Experience, Royal BC Museum will share highlights of her research into museum outreach programs and their impact on the well-being of seniors. We will also look closely at the Museum Mystery Suitcase outreach kit and model how it is used. REGISTER HERE.

For those attending the All Together Symposium in person on October 4, you can look forward to seeing a sample of the Museum Mystery Suitcase outreach kit up close and personal.

Check our webpage for other upcoming session information. Missed a session? Check our YouTube channel.

Grief in the Workplace

Session Resources

Part of our Grief & Bereavement Literacy ECHO series

Presenter: Laurel Gillespie, MBA, CHE CEO Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

This session will explore grief in the workplace following a significant death and the ways we can improve how workplaces support their employees. Poster you can print and share linked here.

This series is for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge around grief and bereavement to support them personally or in their professional careers.

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Project ECHO- Basic Sessions: Delirium

 “All teach, all learn”

The Northern Health Palliative Care Consultation Team is pleased to offer education using the Project ECHO Model™ via Zoom. ECHO provides an opportunity for clinicians from all areas to connect and participate in case-based education with peers and palliative care experts.

The ECHO Model:

  • Each session begins with introductions and a 15-20 minute didactic presentation.
  • The remainder of the session will be spent discussing a case presentation, allowing for participant questions and discussion.
  • Extra time can be used for any additional questions or discussion with the Palliative Care Consultation Team.
  • You will need a device that allows Zoom, a microphone, and a camera. You may need to request IT install Zoom on your device.

To register, please email: Palliative.Care.Consult.Team@northernhealth.ca 

Project ECHO- Basic Sessions: Palliative Approach for End Stage Heart Failure

“All teach, all learn”

The Northern Health Palliative Care Consultation Team is pleased to offer education using the Project ECHO Model™ via Zoom. ECHO provides an opportunity for clinicians from all areas to connect and participate in case-based education with peers and palliative care experts.

The ECHO Model:

  • Each session begins with introductions and a 15-20 minute didactic presentation.
  • The remainder of the session will be spent discussing a case presentation, allowing for participant questions and discussion.
  • Extra time can be used for any additional questions or discussion with the Palliative Care Consultation Team.
  • You will need a device that allows Zoom, a microphone, and a camera. You may need to request IT install Zoom on your device.

To register, please email: Palliative.Care.Consult.Team@northernhealth.ca

All Together ECHO: Go Grey – Why Museum Resources are Good for the Well-being of Seniors

Session Resources:
  • The recording of the session is available on BCCPC’s YouTube page: HERE

 

All Together, a compassionate communities initiative, is open to Health Care Providers, Volunteers, Volunteer lead organizations, Community Groups, and individuals looking to be inspired by and learn from others developing compassionate communities.

In this session, museum educator, Kim Gough will share highlights of her research into museum outreach programs and their impact on the wellbeing of seniors. We will also look closely at the Museum Mystery Suitcase outreach kit and model how it is used

Presenter: Kim Gough, Learning Program Developer, Royal BC Museum

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