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Welcome to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association

COHA was founded in 1981 and received its charitable status in 1982. At that time, a handful of visionary and compassionate folks saw a need for trained volunteers to provide support to the terminally ill and their families in the Central Okanagan region. Although there is a long history of shelter and sanctuary for those who were ill and dying, it was not until the early 1900’s in England that the need of the dying were addressed. 

Since COHA’s inception, it has become a valuable hospice palliative care community resource and an active partner with Interior Health’s Palliative Care Program. Over one hundred trained volunteers give their time and talent to provide support to clients and their loved ones, in homes, at the Kelowna General Hospital, in care facilities and at The Central Okanagan Hospice House. The volunteers may range from direct service volunteers, garden volunteers, help desk and Bereavement volunteers, as well as bedside, and vigil. COHA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and operates with a part time staff of 5. The focus for staff and volunteers is on caring, family wellness, community involvement, personal dignity and quality of life. After a loss, our Bereavement Program provides help and support to those who are grieving.  

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of the journey…at other times is allowing another to take yours”

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  • Mar 24
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    Registration is now open for our next Adult Grief Group.

    Bereavement - 8-Week Adult Grief Group | COHA
    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm1456 St Paul StreetKelowna British Columbia V1Y 2E6CanadaThe 8-Week Adult Grief Group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one, even if the loss occurred outside of Hospice House. The group is facilitated by trained COHA volunteers and counsellors. This…
    Mar 23
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    Our volunteers are companions in grief, not fixing or taking away another's pain is so integral in providing comfort and normalization of the grief journey. Thank you to all our volunteers who validate without fear, and go to the wilderness with the bereaved they serve.

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    Mar 19

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