The Hospice Society
Offers a Free Service of Care that Values Life
until The Moment it Ends
- We are a registered Charitable Organization. Our
number for tax receipts is:11887 9535 RR0001
- We rely on your support to continue to provide
service to our community.
- Most of our funding comes from the generosity of
individuals and organizations in the Creston Valley.
How to contact us by mail or phone:Phone:
Physical address—for government registration
purposes & for mailing:
#1 1720 Birch Street
What happens when Hospice is contacted?
- Our Hospice Coordinator will speak with you to
explain the program and to learn about your needs.
- An appropriate volunteer can then be chosen if you so
- We can by pass this process and respond quickly if
the need is urgent.
What else does Hospice do?
- maintains resource materials in the Creston
- distributes informational materials to the hospital and
- provides speakers for community awareness;
- helps in finding hospices in other areas.
A Brief History
After World War 2, Dr. Elisabeth
Kubler-Ross found drawings and carvings of butterflies
on concentration camp walls. The butterfly symbolizes the
transition between life and death, and is used by Hospice
As an organization, Hospice was begun
by Dr. Cicely Saunders in London, England, during the
1960’s at Saint Christopher’s Hospital (the
saint of travelers). Dr Saunders was knighted in 1960 for
her work in palliative care.
In 1981 Dr. Helen Hays brought
hospice to a hospital in Edmonton, Canada
In 1987, Dr. William Mitchell-Banks and
Rev. Harry Haberstock founded the Creston Valley
We've opened an account with Creston-Kootenay Foundation. We can now, therefore, accept remembrances, gifts, donations, etc., into our account.
Visit:Creston Kootenay Foundation
What is hospice?
The Creston Valley Hospice Society is made up of a group
of trained volunteers dedicated to provide free
compassionate emotional support to terminally ill patients;
to their families and friends; in the home, hospital or
care facility; during and after the end of the loved one's
“Hospice care allows people to live until they
die, their families to live with them as they are dying and
to go on living afterwards....”
“You matter to the last moment of your
- are carefully selected and trained;
- listen without judging;
- respect religious beliefs without imposing their own
- respect confidentiality;
- offer time out for families;
- are ordinary people, many of whom have experienced
the loss of a loved one
- work to support Hospice through fund raising
- Volunteers recognized at our anniversary celebration:
- Debbie Whitehouse - newsletter producer
- Sandy Andrews - long time volunteer>
- Thelma Destobel - 30 year volunteer
- Benita Josephson - 30 year volunteer, 15 years coordinator
- These four together have contributed more than 100 years of service!
- Christine Smith - coordinator beginning 1st November