Highlighting Canadian Virtual Hospice

Highlighting Canadian Virtual Hospice

Life & Death Matters Post

October 20th

I am in Winnipeg attending the CHPCA conference. It is a treat to rub shoulders with such a wonderful group of individuals who are so passionate about providing excellent care for the dying.

Our booth for Life and Death Matters is located next to Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH). This is one of “Canada’s gems!”  CVH provides resources for patients, family caregivers and professionals. Their website is rich with information, previously asked questions and answers, and links to relevant sites. Perhaps most important, they are available to respond to questions – and usually respond within 24-48 hours!

The team includes Clinical Nurse Specialists, Brenda, Lisa and Simone (wonderful women!), the physician Mike Harlos (a gem of a man!), and the social worker Fred Nelson (I think he works nights as a comedian). They divide their time between clinical work and providing support online.

They respond to questions using language that is easy to understand with answers that are grounded in best practice.

CVH has pamphlets, book marks, and trinkets to advertise their service. I love to hand these out during workshops, but think they would also be a useful handout to make available on hospice units, hospital wards, etc..

Be sure to check out the CVH website, mark it as a favorite and pass it along!


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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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