Every one of us will ultimately face a life-limiting
illness or the loss of someone we love. Yet for
all its inevitability, death is something few people
willingly talk about. As difficult as the topic may be,
now is the time to start the conversation.
We believe how we treat the dying
is a true measure of our humanity
and reflects who we are as a society
Consider this. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care
Association reports that 90 percent of the estimated
260,000 Canadians who will die each year would
benefit from hospice palliative care. Yet, only three
out of every 10 Canadians who require hospice
palliative care will actually receive it.
In every province, health-care costs are staggering
and the number of palliative-care patients cared
for over the long-term in acute-care hospitals puts
a strain on our health-care system. Hospice can
provide a peaceful, dignified and comfortable passing
in a more meaningful manner, and at a far reduced
cost, helping to alleviate this burden on our health-care partners.
As well, reports say each death affects, on average,
the immediate well-being of five other people, or more
than 1.3 million Canadians annually. This creates a
tremendous burden on families, friends and the
workplace. A recent survey found 23 percent of
Canadians have cared for a family member or close
friend in the past 12 months. They reported paying
a cost for caring, including using personal savings
to survive, missing one or more months of work and
experiencing negative effects on their mental and
These costs will only continue to grow as the number
of deaths in Canada increases to 330,000 by 2020.
Now is the time for changing minds about end-of-life issues and opening hearts to help close the
current gaps in service. When you give generously
to Agapé Hospice, you are making an investment
in hospice palliative care to ensure that we’re able
to meet the growing demand for end-of-life care,
for you, your loved ones and our community.
A Partnership of Caring
Annual Operating Budget= $5.1 million
and opening hearts
A Four Point Campaign–Campaign Goal $1.3 million
Much of what we hope to achieve through our
campaign will be about:
1. Transforming behaviours as we attempt to inspire
our community leaders, and the community, to
change their minds about their perceptions of
the process of dying; to educate the community
about the important benefits of hospice palliative care for the dying and for their loved ones;
to open their hearts to the critical need and to
help us to close the gaps in service.
2. To effect change and improvement of a critical
social issue, the provision of quality and compassionate hospice palliative care for individuals
facing end-of-life and to recognize the value of
the inclusion of bereavement care and compassionate leave as part of a corporate culture of
3. To improve the quality of life for those facing
end-of-life in our community, and the five people
on average that their passing will affect.
4. To sustain current core programs, to enhance
and grow specialized support programs and to
develop new and innovative programs.
Alberta Health Services