A registered non-profit charitable Society governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by the community through memberships and donations. We are community based, working in cooperation with health care agencies and other community resources.
Revelstoke Hospice Society was incorporated February 15, 1994. The first annual general meeting March 8,1994. The purpose of the Society was to offer support by a community network of caring people for:
a} individuals facing life-threatening illness, terminal illness or bereavement
b} their families and friends and their caregivers, and
c} individuals facing social isolation.
Several people were involved when they saw a need in the community, Karen Herbert, Sherrian Van Goor, Linda Nixon, Gwynne Battersby, Jennifer Healey, Vivian Mitchell.
Queen Victoria Hospital converted one of their rooms to a hospice room. Cost $3,500 for renovations and equipment. The room was named the Phyllis Lapworth room in honour of a local resident who was involved with the Hospital Auxiliary. Financial aid came from the Masonic Lodge. A letter in the local paper by Penny Hardie, a volunteer, offered a personal account of the work of hospice with her mother. It gave a more human and unique touch to Hospice. The letter reiterated that there is help out there, you are not alone in caring for a loved one who is living while dying and Hospice can provide that support, caring and comfort.
Oct. 18, 1997 the dedication of “Circle of Life” by Father Dulong and Father John occurred at Queen Elizabeth Park. The Circle of Life embraces an oak tree. The tree, with its seasons, symbolizes the seasons in the journey in our lives. It’s a quiet place to reflect about life or celebrations of life in the passing of a loved one.
Each year we have a Snowflake Ceremony where we invite the community and special guests, the Funeral Director, a Ministerial Representative, as well as a Revelstoke Highland Piper to participate in speaking and playing music in remembrance of loved ones. Symbolically we write the names of loved ones on laminated snowflakes and place on the tree. We have done this for 15 years, always on the first Sunday in December.
The Hospice Society has participated in a worldwide musical event “Voices for Hospice” which happens every 3 years to raise awareness and funds for Hospice. Our last event was in 2009 and was very successful, filling the United Church.
The Hospice Society furnished a newer room at Queen Victoria Hospital in 2003 We have also refurbished the Serenity Room beside this patient room. The local Quilters Guild and the Hospital Auxiliary helped to furnish both rooms.
Hospice participates in the Volunteer Fair and Seniors Wellness Fair and holds the annual Hike for Hospice in order to raise awareness and education throughout the community.
The Hospice Society planted a maple tree near the Circle of Life in memory of Lois Masur and Shirley Tomlinson, two dedicated volunteers.
(V. Mitchell 2010)
In 2015, the Hospice Society, with the financial support of the Hospital Auxiliary, furnished the Palliative Care Room in Mt Cartier Court. Following this move of the Palliative Care Room from Queen Victoria Hospital, Interior Health is continuing to furnish and maintain the Serenity Room in the best interests of its current patients.