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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
    A wonderful interview with one of our hardworking volunteers!

    Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog: Hospice Volunteer Vigil (Video Interview 3:46)
    Frances Shani Parker, Michigan author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes (paperback, e-book), writes this blog. Topics include news, practices, research, poems, stories, and interviews. Hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, dementia, caregiving, death, bereaveme…
    Aug 28
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    Check out this event - a portion of the proceeds are being donated to COHA. August 23rd 2pm-10pm

    For more information about the event go to

    You can win tickets by entering the draw through Kelowna Now below.
    Aug 19
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association

    Listen | COHA
    by Ross FreakeWe sometimes spend considerable time and money looking for just the right present for friends or family. We run around the mall, stumble into stores, check the Internet for something that will send the right message. Yet, the best present doesn’t require money, time or thought. One of…
    Aug 19

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