Cowichan Valley Hospice Society

To humanize and naturalize the process of dying, both for the person dying and their family and friends.

Cowichan Valley Hospice Society - houseOur Impact Why We Exist

Cowichan Valley Hospice provides emotional support and information to people living with advancing illness, their caregivers and people who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Cowichan Valley Hospice SocietyOur Story What We Do

Cowichan Valley Hospice, founded in 1981, serves people across the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Cowichan Valley Hospice provides support and information to over 700 people each year. Our staff (4.2 fte) support over 160 volunteers who contributed 11,300 hours of their time in 2012. Valued at $16.50 per hour, this is a $186,450 contribution of hospice care to the Cowichan communities each year.

Cowichan Valley Hospice Society - volunteerOur Programs How We Do It

Bereavement Program

  • Trained volunteers provide non-judgemental emotional support at any stage of the grief journey
  • Bereavement support groups include both afternoon and evening groups, a hospice walking group, a suicide bereavement group and a youth bereavement group in collaboration with Cowichan Community Options
  • Our library is available to the public during office hours

Palliative support

  • Trained volunteers provide companioning to those living with advancing illness and to their families at home, in hospital or in a care facility
  • A Hospice volunteer is available daily at Cowichan District Hospital for palliative patients and their families
  • Library and other resources are available during office hours

Wellness Care

  • Care Clinic: Trained Hospice volunteers provide 20 minute relaxing treatments (reiki, therapeutic touch and other modalities) in a bi-weekly care clinic
  • Wellness Treatments: Hour long individual sessions are also available at Hospice, or if required: at home or in hospital or care facility

Vigil Program

  • A special team of Hospice volunteers will sit in vigil during the last days and hours of life, at home, in hospital or in a residential care facility

All Hospice services are confidential and free of charge.

What You Can Do

With further support we can continue to train and support volunteers from South Cowichan (Malahat/Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay) as part of the service to the entire Cowichan Valley Regional District.


Jo Wright
Community Relations Officer
Charitable Number: 118878388RR0001

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