Hospice Simcoe Education and Awareness

ending the stigma

At Hospice Simcoe, we strive to create open communication and provide support for those who are dying and bereaved. There can be feelings of apprehension and sadness when it comes to talking about death and grief, and often in our culture it isn’t always openly discussed with family, friends and those in our community. Through different educational opportunities, workshops and events, Hospice Simcoe wishes to help guide those conversations and encourage everyone to start talking about dying, death and bereavement. We are here to help.



TOPIC: MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying)

SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2023     |    6:00pm to 8:00pm

LOCATION: Basic Funerals & Cremation Choices – Jennett Memorial Centre, 152 Bradford Street, Barrie

Dying Matters is an open forum presented by Hospice Simcoe, designed to encourage people in our community to start talking about dying, death & bereavement. Our panelists will share their expertise, while encouraging conversation and questions from attendees.

Bring your questions, comments, and thoughts for a candid discussion with our panel of palliative care professionals. All are welcome to participate. We want to engage with you!

  • Registration is required
  • This is a FREE EVENT
  • Light refreshments will be served



FALL 2023

Hospice Simcoe is announcing Smart Grief Workshop sessions for FALL 2023. These monthly workshops are open to registered Bereavement clients who are looking for addition education & strategies to help navigate their new normal after loss.

The Fall Smart Grief Workshops are as follows:

  • September 26th – “Cooking for One”
  • October 24th – “Financial Basics”
  • November 28th – “Grieving During the Holidays”

TO REGISTER or for questions on these Smart Grief Workshops, please contact Colleen at: [email protected] or call 705.725.1140

DEATH CAFÉ – Redline Brewhouse


Join us as we get together in this casual setting to talk about death & dying. We will review some thought provoking questions like:

  • Do you talk about death with your family and loved ones
  • Do they know what you would want when the time comes?

This event is designed to promote and facilitate important conversations about advanced care planning, dying, death, and funeral planning. We want to engage with you, so bring your questions, comments, and thoughts as we participate together in this virtual event.


Join us on Tuesday, March 7th at the Redline Brewhouse for refreshments and let’s start talking about death and dying… Redline Brewhouse, 431 Bayview Drive, Barrie
RSVP to Jackie Fox via email at: [email protected]

Grief Matters

Ended Beginnings Workshops

Something that is experienced more commonly than people think, but is not widely discussed, is pregnancy and infant loss. The trouble in not discussing such a loss is that it leaves too many isolated in their grief, and without information that could be of benefit.

Hospice Simcoe will be hosting monthly workshops for Grief Matters: Ended Beginnings. This series of workshops is designed to provide support, information and public awareness for matters relating to grief due to a pregnancy and infant loss. If you have been directly impacted by pregnancy and infant loss, or are looking for how to support someone who has; please join us on the third Wednesday of each month, starting in May and closing in October.

Watch some of our Grief Matters: Ended Beginnings workshops on our Youtube channel View our Grief Matters: Ended Beginnings flyer for workshop topics

Advanced Care Planning

Let’s Start the Conversation

Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself. It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include writing down your wishes, and talking with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals.

View our ACP Toolkit to Learn More

Videos & Resources

Our YouTube channel provides videos and resources around palliative care, living with life limiting illnesses, death and bereavement. This platform allows us to share educational videos and create awareness that extends beyond our community. You will find video recordings of virtual presentations on different topics around palliative care, testimonials and personal experiences, and presentations from our staff and volunteers.

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Visit our youtube channel for more resources

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