3. Mindfulness Meditation Since 2009, the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation (CAHCF) has funded Mindfulness Programs every Spring and Fall. The programs introduce you to meditation and yoga, to help you manage everyday stressors and improve your overall health. Benefits may include improved sleep, decreased stress, enhanced ability to cope with pain, reduction in the use of medication, an improved immune system and less anxiety.

“This is by far one of the most popular programs offered at the Canmore Hospital.” The programs are open to anyone in the community, including healthcare staff. Contact: Deanna Thompson or Suzanne Lawrence Call: 403-678-7208. Email:

4. The Role of Natural Places in Rural Palliative Care Parks and nature are known to influence quality of life at all phases, including end of life and for those experi- encing grief. Parks and nature reveal life and death, and nature teaches people to grieve. Alberta Parks and Mt. Royal University are working together to promote access and enjoyment of parks and nature for people nearing end of life, and for grieving family members. Contact: Sonya Jakubec, Mt. Royal University Call: 403-440-5075


“Kindness Made Audible”: This is the motto of the Threshold Choir. The voice is a true and gracious vehicle for compassion and comfort. The Threshold Choir honours the ancient tradition of singing “a capella” at the bedside of those who are sick or dying, or in need of nurturing song. Only 3-4 members sing at the bedside at any given time. Contact: Choir Director, Jan Tissandier Call: 403-678-2233

2. Death Café At a Death Café, people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

Its objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Contact: Genevieve Wright Call: 403-609-1230 3. Healing Pathway Healing Pathway is a practice of gentle touch that supports the healing of body, mind, and spirit. Rooted in the ancient Christian tradition of laying on of hands, this service is offered free to anyone seeking the Spirit’s healing grace, at whatever stage of life or health. A session of Healing Pathway is a gift to one’s self – nurturing and restorative. Contact: Sue Nichols. P: 403-678-4536 or Vicky Connoy. P: 403-609-2428


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