Why is Hospice Needed?

At some time, in some way, we must all face the end of life, and most of us share a common hope – that when death comes to us or a loved one, it will be peaceful.  We hope to be surrounded by those we love, feeling safe, comfortable and cared for.

There is considerable fear, avoidance and denial around the end of life.  Hospice is here to support and educate the community about the value of acknowledging, savouring and sharing the time and the relationships each of us has left.

Michelle Stilwell MLA Parksville-Qualicum Beach  –
Standing order in the Legislature for Oceanside Hospice Society.    

Oceanside Hospice Society (OHS) is a non-profit charity that was incorporated in 1990. We are community funded and volunteer-driven, with over 60 volunteers and four staff and serve individuals and their families who are facing end-of-life issues. Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on patient comfort and quality of life during the patients’ final months and days and is an integral part of the interdisciplinary end-of-life team within the community, practicing a holistic approach to care. All our services are offered free of charge to those located in the Oceanside communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose, Deep Bay, Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Errington, Coombs, Hillers and Whiskey Creek in addition to clients at the Hospice at Trillium Lodge, the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, in homes, and in the community. Our volunteers are trained in companionship, bereavement support, counselling, palliative vigils,  Reiki, massage and Healing Touch, fund development and event organization and provincial standards.



 Oceanside Hospice Society delivers the following services to the Oceanside community:

~ Needs Assessment and Referral for Hospice Services      ~ Equipment Loan Program     ~ One to One Client Support Services

~ One to One Grief Support     ~ Grief Support Groups     ~ Grief Support Walking Group     ~ Caregiver Respite and Companionship

~ Palliative Vigil Team     ~ Holistic Self-Care     ~ Lending Library     ~ Community Education and Training.


Hospice at Trillium:

Hospice at Trillium has been in operation since 2015 and is operated in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority. The Hospice features six beautiful private rooms, a comfortable family room, and a large private garden space.

Hospice palliative care, also called end-of-life care, includes a range of services for dying people of all ages, including children, and their families. Quality End-of-Life care supports palliative clients, their families and caregivers before, during and after death, and addresses aspects of the illness and death experience that are physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and practical.

Our focus is on comfort rather than on curing an illness – to give people the best possible quality of life we can. For more information, please view the Island Health Authority page. 



Thank you to Dennis Grady for your hard work and dedication in making the garden area as beautiful and welcoming as it is. Thank you to Brian Argyle for the photographs of the garden area (below) taken August 2019.