July 2022

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Lending Library

Our VON Durham library has an extensive collection of books, videos, and reference materials on a wide range of subjects including: hospice care, caregiver support, pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, grief and bereavement. Some resources provided are designed to support children, youth, and LGBTQ+ needs.

Other online resources:

Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN)

Government of Canada – EI Caregiving benefits and leave: What Caregiving benefits offer 

Lakeridge Health

Sick Kids (library)


Advanced Illness

Living My Culture – People from 11 cultures share perspectives on living with advanced illness and grief.

Grief and Bereavement

My Grief and Kids Grief help you support families who are anticipating a death or grieving.

Living Out Loud shatters the silence on the issues faced by young adults with advanced illness.

Children and Youth Grief Network

Hospice Residences

Durham Region Hospice is a partnership between Durham Hospice (Clarington) and VON Durham Community Corporation (Whitby). We are currently in a $15-million capital campaign to support the construction of two new residential hospices in Durham Region and bring this much needed resource to our community.

Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre (opening Fall 2020) will be a 10-bed facility where the goal is comfort, not cure, from diagnosis through death and bereavement – in a beautiful place with hospice palliative care that includes all family members – a homelike setting, where people and their families will take the lead but be supported with care, compassion, and expertise – every step of the way.

Emily’s House is Toronto’s only hospice for children and families facing life-threatening illnesses.

Hospice Peterborough is a 10-bed facility providing 24/7 professional support for those needing end-of-life care. Care in the Hospice Residence addresses all aspects of your well-being – physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and practical.

Journey Home Hospice provides people who are homeless with a safe, welcoming, and caring place to live their final weeks and days. Located in Toronto. 

Margaret Bahen Hospice. Margaret Bahen Hospice is a 10-bed facility that provides 24/7 nursing-medical care, social work services, spiritual support, pharmacy & complimentary therapies to care for our residents and their families. We also have over 150 volunteers that help to keep our costs low while providing loving support. Located in Newmarket. 

Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham Ltd. is a community based charitable organization committed to establishing a residential hospice in North Durham Region where palliative individuals, as well as their loved ones, are supported through their end-of-life journey. Our hospice home will provide a much needed alternative to institutional care facilities and home care; an essential option that does not currently exist for the people of Durham Region.

The Dorothy Ley Hospice offers programs and services designed to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals living with a life-limiting illness. Located in Etobicoke. 

Hospice Services

Hospice Quinte helps dying people and their loved ones face terminal illness and bereavement with compassionate care from volunteers and staff. Our services are provided free of charge to residents in our service area. Hospice Quinte serves Quinte West, Belleville, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township, and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

Community Care Kawartha Lakes Hospice Services wants you to know that we are here to offer support, direction and comfort – you do not have to make this journey alone. We support individuals and families in their home, at our physical Hospice Services building at 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay, and on the Palliative Care Unit at Ross Memorial Hospital.

Resources for Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists

Communication at the end of life by Associate Professor Brian Le, a Palliative Care Physician and Medical Oncologist. He is Director of Palliative Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. This 15-min podcast talks about how effective communication at end of life is an important part of quality care. 

Methadone 4 Pain is a free, accredited course on methadone for pain in palliative care. 

Nurturing the spirit as the end of life approaches by Dr Bruce Rumbold, Director of the La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit in Victoria, Australia. This 13-min podcast for health professionals considers approaches to nurturing the spirit of people with a life-limiting illness and their families.

Preparing families for an imminent death During this 15-min podcast Molly Carlile considers the inhibitors and enablers of effective communication with families so health professionals can prepare families for an imminent death, make the most of the time remaining, and minimize complex bereavement.

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