Lighthouse for Grieving Children and Families
Providing support to a grieving child or youth can significantly influence their well-being, help them feel less isolated and less misunderstood, and offer them a sense of hope. Lighthouse strives to provide services that benefit children, youth and families who are grieving a death, to help them navigate this difficult time in their lives.
Powered by TELUS, Upopolis is a free, fun, and secure online community that connects youth 10 to 18 with others like them who are going through medical experiences or life challenges in North America. Upopolis reduces social isolation while educating and empowering youth to play an active role in managing and coping with their diagnosis, condition, or challenge.
AbilitiCBT, offers therapist-guided programs that help you understand and change your negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so you can start feeling better.
Who Cares for Caregivers?
Caregivers face many adversities, with unknowns, stressors and worries being a normal part of the caregiving journey. With approximately one in four Canadians caregiving for family members, partners, friends or neighbours, who is caring for the carers? Find out more in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
Benefits of Volunteering for Seniors
A report by Volunteer Canada revealed that Baby Boomers and Senior Adults provided more than 1 billion volunteer hours in 2010! Clearly volunteering provides non-profits and charities a wealth of expertise, which allows these organizations to provide a multitude of services for free or a very low cost to their communities. However, the benefits of volunteering runs both ways and seniors can also gain many rewards from their volunteer efforts. Find out more in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
Challenges Men Face as Caregivers
Even though caregiving is often thought of as a role assumed primarily by women, a recent survey found that 44% of caregivers are men. Like their female counterparts, approximately 3.4 million male caregivers face tremendous challenges as they simultaneously try to balance work and raise a family with the physical and emotional demands of helping an ailing or aging loved one. Find out more about the challenges men may face as caregivers in this week's Changing Lives podcast.
Advance Care Planning Basics
Imagine for a moment that you were not able to speak for yourself. Who would you want to make decisions on your behalf? Do your family or friends know what your end-of-life wishes are? Many people think that because they have a will and perhaps even pre-planned their funeral that they have discussed advance care planning. However, advance care planning is actually about your health while you are still alive. Find out more in this week's Changing Lives Podcast.
Preparing a Child to Visit a Dying Loved One
There is a question that often surfaces in the hospice environment: How much should we involve children in dying process family members? Find out how to prepare children to visit a dying loved one in this week's podcast.