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Photo of Hospice exterior at nigh

Moments That Mattered...

  • Rotary Club of Mitchell hosts Grill Out 4 Hospice (dinner for 2 in a box) in support of both Rotary Hospice and Huron Hospice
  • An incredibly beautiful day across Perth County for our 7th annual Hike for Hospice ~ and did you hear how amazing all of you were
  • Thankful to see Whiskers soaking up the sun and lots of love from one of our residents outside on the patio
  • The Ace from "Catch the Ace" was found in envelope #32 by Walter Bathe of Stratford. Wahooo!!! Thanks to Rotary Club of Stratford for hosting this event and to all that played over the last 31 weeks 
  • A quiet celebration marking a two year anniversary since our hospice first opened
  • This brilliant evening view (above) of our hospice home captured by Chris Berg Photography 

Happy two-year anniversary to us...

On June 21, 2018, we hosted a groundbreaking celebration, marking the beginning of Rotary Hospice’s construction. One year later, on June 22, 2019, we celebrated our opening with the public, and started our service to the community. It has been two years of incredible experiences, and people, along the way.

These special dates were chosen because of their connection to the summer solstice, which we see as symbolic of hospice and its role in helping families. The solstice represents rebirth, and the cycle of life that all nature goes through. Summer is a time of growth, in which nature reveals itself to us in its most vivid form, and fully transcends the marks still left from the frigid winter. Hospice, too, represents rebirth of a kind. It connects families and allows them to deal with the difficulties of loss and brings comfort to those that are passing on. 

It is in this spirit of reflection that we wish to recognize the community members, volunteers, and staff that have allowed Rotary Hospice to become a reality. Without you, we would not be able to provide our service to the community, and for that help and all of you who continue to support, we are forever grateful. 

Hike for Hospice 

The 7th Annual Hike for Hospice is a wrap! To our sponsors, Ontario Home Health & Oxygen (Trailblazer), Tradition Mutual (Gold), Woodcock Bros. (Silver) and McCutchen & Pearce (Bronze) we thank you for your return and continued support with this important fundraising event.

To the businesses who provided prizes for some very lucky hikers thank you so much. Included in the line up is: Revel, Demetre's Family Eatery, Mornington, Dairy Queen, Sirkel Foods, Walther's Pharmacy, Sugar Maple Restaurant, Scott's Greenhouse, Helena's Gardening, Excalibur Insurance, Catherine Rocher with Sambucol gift baskets, Hearn's Ice Cream, Stone Home Creatives, Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters, The Flower Shop and More and Kitchen Smidgen Bakery.

Thanks to all of YOU – sponsors, hikers, pledgers, prize donors and a very generous community – we have RAISED an ASTOUNDING $107,093.73!!! 

To read more about the event, to see photos and videos shared by hikers and our local dignitaries visit our 2021 EVENT at 
Hike for Hospice sign in garden

The Empty Chair

"When I first walked into the room of a woman who was dying, I was a little taken back by how dark it was. It didn’t feel as though this was her choice, in fact it felt as though consideration was not taken for her or what she might want. She was dying alone, although she had a staff of private caregivers, who for the most part took wonderful care of her, but no one was at her bedside and her room was far too dark for someone who was dying. At least in my opinion". To read more

Painting of an empty chair 

Indigenous History and Pride Month 

Amongst many holidays, June is Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. It is a time to celebrate diversity, acknowledge their history, the hardships endured and the accomplishments by those who identify as Indigenous or LGBTQ2S Community.

Diversity, equity and inclusion help to ensure that our home is inviting and safe for anyone at end-of-life. No one should miss out on the benefits of hospice care for any reason.
Poster of Golf Tournament with details
Good news, we're here to share that this is a SOLD OUT Event!  Thank-you to the Rotary Club of Stratford for their ongoing support hosting fundraising events like this, for community organizations like us. Wishing all of the golfers and event organizers a great day on Wed., July 7th. 

Meditation for Grief and Loss 

The Mindfulness & Grief Institute shares, Meditation for grief does not change what has happened, but it can help you care for yourself with the compassion you deserve. It can also help you with a variety of symptoms associated with the grieving process, and help you feel more in control. No matter where you are on your grief journey, meditation is a healing practice that can help you:
  • Get back to sleep and counteract grief-related insomnia.
  • Reduce physical pain and tension
  • Ease difficult emotions
  • Cultivate compassion for yourself and others
  • Establish and maintain a connection with your loved one
  • Improve your immune functioning and overall health
  • Increase your ability to focus and concentrate
To continue reading this great resource and for a few different types of meditation visit HERE
Images of loss that can cause grief

Join our Foundation Board 

We are currently recruiting volunteer directors for our fundraising board - Stratford Perth Hospice Foundation (SPHF) to fill future board vacancies beginning Fall 2021. To read more about this opportunity visit our website. Applications are being accepted until July 12, 2021. 

Community Presentations 

Now that our hospice home has been open for two years, and the clinical care team have cared for more than 120 individuals (not to mention their loved ones), we’re eager to share updates and talk about the role of Rotary Hospice in our area.

If your organization, service club, church, or group of friends would be interested in having us present - whether in an online format or in person (when it’s safe to do so) – please reach out! Contact Lucie Stuart, Fund Development Manager at or 226.751.2468.
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 7th
17th Annual Golf Tournament - Rotary Club of Stratford - SOLD OUT!
In support of Rotary Projects. Visit Rotary Club of Stratford Events 

Saturday, August 28th  
The Rooster Classic 
A 9-hole game of golf at Mitchell Golf & Country Club remembering Bruce "Rooster" Withers.
To register or to learn more visit the Rooster Classic Website. 
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