Events & Programs

The Cochrane and Area Hospice Society delivers, collaborates and presents information on a variety of events and programs and resources to raise awareness in support of the end-of-life journey.

Up and Coming Events & Programs 2020


Walking Through Grief and Loss Support Walk

'Walking in nature is therapy for the body and soul" - Unknown

We will continue our Support Walks into the winter months as a drop-in group that will meet at Spraylakes Sawmill Family Sports Centre (Main Doors) every Tuesday. We meet at 10 am and walk outside if weather premits with the options of walking inside. We start walk at 10:00 am. We share an enjoyable 45-minute walk with the option of continuing the conversation and socializing at a local coffee shop afterwards.

Please note: This is NOT intended to be therapeutic group but to provide participants with an opportunity to experience the beauty of nature (or the companionship at Spraylakes indoors) and walk alongside others who are on a similar journey.

Our walks are free, with drop-in fees at Spraylakes covered by the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society.

If you are interested in volunteering to host a walk, please go to the following link:

If you have any questions about the Support Walk please email:


2020 Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association Roadshow

WHAT is the Roadshow?

It’s a series of full-day educational workshops developed in response to an identified need for palliative care training and development throughout rural Alberta.

The benefits of the AHPCA Roadshow include community building and strengthening through networking, and increased knowledge and skills about issues related to hospice palliative care and other associated fields.

WHO attends the Roadshow?

The AHPCA Roadshow participants include multi-agency professionals, such as nurses, social workers, teachers, complementary therapists, and health care administrators. You’ll also find volunteers, caregivers, patients, families, and interested community members in the Roadshow audiences. Over 3,000 Albertans have attended the AHPCA Roadshow in the past 9 years.

We are excited to annouce that the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society in collaboration with AHPCA is planning a Roadshow event in the Town of Cochrane May 8, 2020!

Information on the event is provided below, and registration is now open by selecting the button:


Hospice Calgary Education and Events: Spring 2020

Dying to Know Education Program

As you plan for the beginning of your new year, check out our upcoming Dying to Knowsessions: 

  • Cross Cultural Beliefs, Traditions, and Funeral Customs * Almost SOLD OUT  
  • Embracing Illness and Death through Ritual  
  • Reflections on Caregiving  

Spots fill up quickly - so book yours today!

These programs are open to anyone interested in a variety of topics related to death and dying. Dying to Know sessions are free of charge.

Hospice Calgary is a not-for-profit organization. Donations in support of this program help us build capacity in our communities, and can be made at the door or online.

All sessions take place at Sage Centre, 1245 70 Avenue SE, with free parking in front of the building and across the street at Trail Appliances. 

To download the printable Dying to Know 2020 Program, click here

Other Upcoming Sessions



Cross Cultural Beliefs,Traditions, and Funeral Customs

Would you like to know more and understand the basic beliefs, customs, and traditions of other cultures that may be unfamiliar to you?

Kathy S. Cloutier, Funeral Director, Manager of Community Relations with McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, will share her extensive experience about the human need that crosses all cultures - the need for understanding in the sorrow of death.

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Embracing Illness and Death through Ritual 

It can be hard to know what to do and how to make meaning through the journey of illness and death. Lisa Marie Walker, Life-Cycle Celebrant and Ceremonialist, will share the important role ceremony and ritual can have in supporting you through this transition time. 

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Reflections on Caregiving

Caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful. What have you learned through your journey that you can share with others? Hospice Calgary Counsellor, Kathy Bach Patterson, and Family Caregiver, Heather Lucier, will share their experiences and strategies for facing difficult life transitions and developing resiliency.

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Upcoming Caregiver Event


2020 Hike for Hospice

The third annual Hike for Hospice Event will be hosted by the Cochrane and Area Hospice Society at Mtiford Park on May 10, 2020.

More details will follow closer to the event.

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Cochrane and Area Hospice Society Remembrance celebration! 

The Cochrane and Area Hospice Society would like to thank everyione who made the November 30, 2019 Remembrance Tree celebration a wonderful expereince.

It was a special day of remembering the many loved ones who remain close to our hearts, and will now become an anuual opportunity to share and celebrate the many special lives that have  lit up our two beautiful trees. Our celebration of remembring those special to us by replacing the white lights with coloured lights will occur again in 2020.

To all who provided donations to the CHS, we thank you and ensure that your donations will continue to support every opportunity to advocate and support the end-of-life journey that families encouter throughout the year.

Thank you to the River Reeds for their musical background.Certainly added a special touch to the event.


© Cochrane and Area Hospice Society 2020