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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 7. 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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    Timelapse of COHA gardeners hard at work! | COHA
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015The 2 acres of gardens at the Central Okanagan Hospice House are lovingly attended to and nurtured by COHA Volunteers. Wednesday, May 6th 2015 was “Planting Day” – over 450 plants were added to the garden by a team of 17 volunteers in the span of 4 hours. Their time and talents…
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    The poppies and bees are out in full force at the Hospice House Gardens. The beautiful garden's are lovingly cared for by a team of over 30 volunteer gardeners. And it seems, some industrious bees.

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    Bereavement - Young Widow/Widower Support Drop In Group | COHA
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm --CanadaYoung Widow/Widower Support Group Drop-inTuesdays 3:30pm – 5:00pmfrom June 2 until Sept 21, 2015at COHA’s Bereavement and Learning Centre 204-1456 St Paul StreetRebuilding your life after the death of a spouse or partner during your working and/or ch…
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