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COHA support Hospice Care, Vigil and Bereavement

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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 two 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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  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association

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    No rule book. No time frame. No judgement. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul. <3
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    Canadian Virtual Hospice is currently profiling a new video a day, for 100 days. If you are interested in learning more about hospice care, some of these videos may be of interest to you.

    Putting hope into practice - Wendy Duggleby PhD, RN, AOCN
    Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
    Oct 16
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    The Hospice Foundation of America will be offering a free online presentation on the topic of Grief: What Helps When It Hurts. The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 1st. This workshop would be great for those of you wanting to learn more about the signs of grief for yourself, or if you are supporting someone in your life who is hurting.

    Grief: What Helps When It Hurts | Hospice Foundation of America
    Oct 15

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