Why HHA Needs You

Home Hospice Association can change how we live and die, but only if our work matters as much to you as it does to us. We are not funded by the Canadian health care system. Many corporations want to make a donation to something that feels good…like cures. But regardless of medical advances, sadly, illness takes more lives than it cures. The reality is that we are desperately needed, and that need is growing at an alarming rate.

Why is the
Moonlit Memory Walk
Home Hospice Association’s
Major Annual Fundraiser?

Similar to the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, end of life care needs the support of an entire community. This requires funding. As a Canadian Registered Charity, donations are the only way we are able to end the suffering that a terminal diagnosis most often causes. Fundraising events, such as Moonlit Memory Walk, raise awareness, generate much needed funding and introduces new potential to our cause. Our event was also designed to “give back” to those who participate. Moonlit Memory Walk helps to promote teamwork/synergy, reduces the feeling of isolation and disconnection while giving those who participate a safe, non-judgemental space to honour their loved ones and say their name.

When Asked
“What is Our Number One
Fear at End of Life?” 
…the Answer is 
“Dying Alone”

Not all of us have the advantage of a deep pocket, nor are we all able to have the invaluable emotional support and care provided by a family member in our last months of life. Not all of us have access to palliative care, or have a dignified death. The sad reality is that only a small percentage of us have access to these privileges at the end of our lives. Is that fair?

When it comes to care we expect the highest level of service. We want our loved ones to feel comfortable, to be treated with dignity and respect, and especially, to have peace and compassion in the last days and hours. But who provides this if our loved one isn’t in a hospice building or in one of the few hospice beds available in the hospital?

When we forget about those for whom there will not be a cure, are we saying their lives don’t matter? What if that person is someone you love? What if it is you? Could anything feel more lonely or terrifying?

The mission of Home Hospice Association is to provide compassionate, high-quality end of life care to absolutely everyone at no cost to them or their family. We want to change how we treat our dying. Be the change with us!

Walk
in Memory of
Your Loved One

It is hard to find anyone who has not grieved the loss of a loved one. Whether it is a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or a beloved pet, we have all mourned a life that is now with us only in spirit. Home Hospice Association invites you to come together in celebration of those loved ones, while supporting individual and collective healing through our annual Moonlit Memory Walk.

Walk
in Support of
Someone Who Needs Us
Right Now

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for many things, including how we grieve the loss of a loved one. The Moonlit Memory Walk event provides an opportunity to come together as a community to process our grief during this time. Regardless/irrespective of your cultural beliefs and practices, it’s important at this time to support each other, while we process the unusual transition that is hospice care for many. You will bring great comfort to share grief together, as it’s also okay to give yourself time. Come join us even when there are no words left to say. Let’s grieve and heal together.

Walk in memory of a pet who died and support the Bello project. Join an Across the Rainbow Bridge team and help us care for pets of clients at their end of life, so pets and their loved ones can stay together. Help us find new homes for pets after their loved ones died.

Come support our Compassionate Caregiving program that allows caregivers to keep vigil with clients until they take their last breath. We provide support and care while bridging the gap between medical care and the loved ones affections. We provide psychosocial, spiritual, emotional care direction with permission to engage.

Help us support our Hospice at Home program, where we support families with their desires to honour loved ones’ wishes to die in the comfort of their homes. This is where HHA builds a 24-hour end of life care model for clients who are in their last days of life.

Walk in support of our Pre & Perinatal Hospice where our Pregnancy Loss Doulas support families during and after labours that end in losses. We also host a six-week progressive healing program that connects parents to real time support; by providing non judgemental safe space to share and talk about loss of babies.

Create
A Team

Gather your family, friends, co-workers, or sports-team members and be part of Home Hospice Association’s Moonlit Memory Walk Team Challenge. Group Challenges are always a fun element of the Moonlit Memory Walk. Your team (2 or more people from your family, networking group, community or service group, faith community or workplace) are welcome to challenge another team or group (to establish a team) or to match or beat your fund-raising efforts.

Host
Your Own Walk

Always wanted to walk in the Moonlit Memory Walk, but you do not live in the GTA, Hamilton, Niagara, Ottawa or Kitchener/Waterloo Regions and want to participate? Still not sure how comfortable you will be in a large gathering next October?

The Moonlit Memory Walk is more than just a walk. Our goal is to create a sense of community, whether that is together or apart.  If you have recently lost a loved person or pet and live outside of the GTA, Hamilton, Niagara, Ottawa or Kitchener/Waterloo Regions no problem! You and your group can experience your own companion walk at a convenient location to you in accordance with the Moonlit Memory Walk.

You are encouraged to gather as many of your family & friends as possible, but there is no actual minimum number.  For the best results, we recommend at least 4 walkers. 

Your 2021 Hosted Walker Ready-Kit Includes:

  • Your personalized registration materials
     

  • Walker engagement activities
     

  • ​The pre-made Companion Kits can be picked up from registrants' closest Chapter Champion 48 hours prior to the Walk on October 20, 2021.

Home Hospice Association invites you to come together in celebration of those loved ones, while supporting individual and collective healing through our annual Moonlit Memory Walk.

To further strengthen awareness and support for change, we encourage participation in promoting your own In Memoriam drive until the registration deadline date of October 10, 2021

Let’s take steps to heal the journey by registering for the Walk.