What is Hospice?

White Rock South Surrey Hospice is a community-based, registered charitable society that complements hospital and home care. Our registered clinical counsellors and trained volunteers provide care to people with advanced illness, individuals grieving loss, their families and friends.

Palliative Care

In Canada, we tend to use both ‘hospice’ and ‘palliative’ to refer to the same thing. HPC is an approach to care that is designed to provide comfort and relief of suffering at the end of life. It was adopted by the Canadian HPC Association to indicate the integration of care by many health care providers throughout a variety of settings from people’s homes to the palliative care unit in hospitals. The word “hospice” may also refer to a place of care.

HPC strives to help patients and families:

  • address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears.
  • prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process.
  • cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.

HPC aims to:

  • treat all active issues.
  • prevent new issues from occurring.
  • promote opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences, personal and spiritual growth, and self-actualization.

For information about our palliative care services visit our Individuals and Families section.

Bereavement Care

Bereavement is another word for grief. Palliative care services provide support for family members to work through their own emotions and grief regarding the death of their loved one. Bereavement support may begin when the grieving process starts. This may be before the death of the family member. It can be an important part of palliative care for people who may have faced many losses over a short period of time. The support needed while dealing with a loss is very individual and changes over time. For information regarding our various programs, for all ages, including young children, refer to our Grief Support page.

Community Outreach

We provide education and workshops on communication skills, bereavement and palliative care. For more information refer to our section on Community Outreach.