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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
    So proud of our amazing team of Volunteer Gardeners who won the Communities in Bloom Green Thumb Award 2014 for Best Institutional Landscaping! Just three of the almost 30 volunteers were there to accept the award last night. The work they do brings great comfort to so many families who stay at Hospice House in Kelowna. Thank you Gardeners!

    Sep 18
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    The Central Okanagan Hospice Association has created an online “wish list” through This program functions much like a gift registry used by newlyweds.

    The books that we have chosen will become part of our library of works which are available to our clients and their loved ones as they navigate their way through the process of grief.
    Sep 17
  • Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    Last night Erica from Okanagan Ayurvedic spoke with volunteers and clients about the ways that Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine) can create balance in our lives. We so appreciate her sharing her gifts with our team!

    okanagan ayurveda
    Ayervedic, yoga and counselling sessions for everyone.
    Sep 16

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