Toronto Commandery Hospice offers individualized services to people with life limiting illness, their families and caregivers. At this time, we offer Grief and Bereavement services. In the future, community services will be expanded to include In-Home Hospice Care and Residential Hospice Care.
Grief and Bereavement
Grieving the death and/or imminent death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences we encounter in our lifetime. It can leave us feeling lost and struggling to navigate the often unexpected emotions that flood our hearts and minds while also taking a toll on our physical bodies. Grief and mourning are normal and natural responses to loss - the need to be
supported during difficult times is also normal and natural. From individual to group support, The Toronto Commandery Hospice offers programs that are inclusive, compassionate, confidential and safe.
8-week Bereavement Support Group via zoom:
This program provides professional education and guidance to participants with peers that have experience of sharing, coping and living with loss. Each week highlights a new topic from sharing your grief story to coping with feelings and emotions to rebuilding life after loss.
Individual Support via zoom or phone:
For those who may not be ready or comfortable with a group setting, this program offers one on one support and disscusion on a regular basis to begin the discussion around loss and how to cope with the new stages of life.
This program provides parents, grandparents, caregivers a better understand of how talking to children about Dying and Death is a natural experience. We help you cover the “Why and How” to bring understanding and healing.
Children & Youth
We offer a program for youth called “The Builder’s Club” it is a variety of classes offered to assist in building
coping skills and self-esteem through the experience of loss or expected loss of a loved one
A One Day program for children 4 – 12 years of age who have experienced loss from a death. Through activities, art, storytelling, group discussion, play and memory making children are provided a safe and nurturing environment to express their feelings, learn lifelong coping skills and be with other children who have experienced loss. This one-day program facilitated by our Bereavement Clinician and
specially trained Volunteers, will take place several times throughout the year. (Covid 19 restrictions dependent).
Support Honoring and Remembrance Workshops
As yearly events such as holiday's can often recall the memory of a loved one, these sessions align with specific secular and faith-based holidays (Mother’s, Father’s, Valentines day, Christmas etc.) these sessions offer children an opportunity to remember and honor their deceased loved one through art activities and discussion. Each child will have the opportunity create keepsake honoring their loved one. (May be in person or via zoom)
½ day workshop for grieving youth 13-17 years of age. A safe
non-judgmental and inclusive space for youth to explore and express their grief through the peer experience and while being supported by our professional bereavement clinician and specially trained Volunteers. This program will be offered several times throughout the year. (May be in person or via zoom)
In-Home Hospice Services
When health takes a turn for the worst it is important to spend life's moments in the most comfortable setting. Most people prefer to remain in the comfort of their home, surrounded by their family, friends. In the future, we will offer a series of services to support those who wish to stay in the comfort of their own homes.
New West Park Healthcare Centre opening in 2023.
Residential Hospice Services
A state-of-the-art centre of excellence with extensive outreach and community programming is being planned. Our offices and residential hospice will be located in the Non-Healthcare Park of the West Park Healthcare Centre.
Services will reach families when patients are still at home, connect them with resources, and link multiple care providers throughout the end of life journey and provide support for family and caregivers after death.
Features and amenities
25,000 square feet
10 private, residential hospice rooms
Community living room, kitchen and eating area
Children's play area
Grooming and salons
Beautiful gardens, pathways and verandas
Day wellness program
Grief and bereavement program
Outreach community team
In-home respite Volunteer Visiting Program
Bereavement support for both adults and children
Integration with community partners
Psychosocial and spiritual support for clients, caregivers and family members
Inter-professional education opportunities (Nurses, Personal Support Workers and Volunteers)
Consultative support for long term care