Grief and Community Support Programs

We offer a variety of grief and community support programs to Foothills Community members, free of charge. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved one or have a palliative diagnosis, we would like to walk alongside you. All community members are welcome to access our services, no prior connection to our hospice is required.

You can find more information on each of our specific programs and how to connect with us below.

Grief Support

We would like to support those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Below you’ll find more information about our five Grief Support Programs. If any of these are of interest to you, please fill out the intake form below to connect with us.

Bereavement Boxes

Bereavement boxes support individuals following the loss of a loved one by providing grief resources and coping strategies. It can be a tangible way for someone to have access to resources that they can use in their own time.

Compassionate Conversations

Trained bereavement volunteers will arrange for regular calls with grieving family members to offer a supportive, compassionate ear as their grief journey unfolds. If issues arise that are more in-depth or require further support, volunteers will engage our social work team and additional grief support resources will be recommended.

Expressive Arts

Our expressive arts therapy program will provide opportunities for those experiencing grief to socialize, connect, and share with others. Expressive arts includes a variety of therapeutic and creative events and workshops aimed at helping people process and work through their grief in a supportive environment.


Grief Group

Our monthly grief group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Participants can expect a monthly topic for discussion and a safe space for connection, sharing your loved one’s story, and building peer relationships.

Grief Counselling

Individual counselling is available to anyone in our community who as experienced a loss and who may benefit from more personalized support. We offer up to three 1:1 sessions with a social worker where participants will learn useful coping strategies while being supported in their grief experience

Access Program Intake Form Here

Community Support

We would like to support those in the Foothills Community who are living with a life limiting illness and who may benefit from volunteer companionship. Below you’ll find more information about our community support programs, Nav-CARE ( and No One Dies Alone (NODA).

If Nav-CARE is of interest to you, please fill out the intake form below or contact our Community Volunteer Coordinator at 587-834-8986 to discuss more. 


Nav-CARE is a non-medical, volunteer companioning program that supports our adult community members who have a life limiting illness. Nav-CARE clients will be matched with an experienced palliative volunteer who will visit regularly, help to identify and navigate community resources, and nurture a safe and compassionate connection. Nav-CARE volunteers offer support that encourages independence and an improved quality of life.

No One Dies Alone (NODA)

NODA is a volunteer program that offers companionship and vigil when someone is expected to die within 48 to 72 hours and does not have family or friends available to be with them. Offered in partnership with High River General hospital and Oilfields General hospital our Foothills NODA program is currently available at each hospital, as well as our hospice.

Access Program Intake Form Here

“There is something about being with your peers in a safe and respectful environment. These people, who have personally experienced that hole left in your life fill a need that even the best intentions from family and friends cannot.”

– Anonymous

Palliative Volunteers

Connecting with our programs means connecting with a supportive team. Foothills Country Hospice has a large pool of Palliative and Bereavement Support volunteers who have taken an additional 30+ hours of specialty training to better serve the hospice and the community with all palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement needs. These volunteers can offer both support and guidance to help maximize quality of life.

Resources: A Guide Through Grief

Below is our resource guide that includes information, resources, books, and a checklist which may be helpful following the loss of a loved one. Click on the image below to access the downloadable content.

FINAL Bereavement Booklet_May2023

If you have questions about our grief support programing, or difficulties with the program intake form, please contact us at or (403) 995-4673.