Advance Care Planning

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Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself.

The Five Invitations 

The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully - a new book by Frank Ostaseski. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation. The Five Invitations: -Don’t Wait -Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing -Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience -Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things -Cultivate Don’t Know Mind These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.

Grief Resources

Loss is one of life’s most stressful events. It takes time to heal and everyone responds differently. Grief is part of being human, but that does not mean you have to go through the journey alone. There are many programs within Alberta that provide excellent grief support and counselling. We recommend the locations listed below for grief support; however, please take time to research which program may be right for you.

Edu-Therapy Program

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Wheatland Funeral Home
202 Lakeside Boulevard, Strathmore, Alberta

Edu-Therapy Grief Resolution is an easy to use model that reduces and eliminates intense uncomfortable emotional responses to loss, trauma, and abuse.

Calgary Distress Centre

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403-266-HELP (4357)

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1820 Richmond Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2T 5C7

The Grief Support Program offers individual, family and group services.

Calgary Counselling Centre

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Suite 1000-105, 12 Avenue S.E. Calgary, Alberta, T2G 1A1
Clients are able to achieve above-average results through our commitment to counselling best practices which include continuous monitoring of clients’ well-being and satisfaction.

Canadian Mental Health Association

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Understanding grief and mental health.