Victorian Order of Nurses

Site: Elgin-St Thomas Office

Service: Hospice and Bereavement Services

Contact Information
Office Phone St Thomas: 519-637-6408
East Elgin: 519-765-2999
Toll Free Phone 1-800-201-0909
Fax 519-631-4798
Primary Contact Becky Ahrens, Hospice and Bereavement Coordinator; Email:
Alternate Contact Jill Ouimette, Manger, Home and Community Care; Email:
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Companionship, respite care, and emotional support to people and their family/caregivers living with a life-threatening illness at any stage of illness from diagnosis on

Support Through Your Journey - Monthly support for individuals in early stages of a life-limiting illness * 2nd Thu of each month, 1-3pm

Connecting Caregivers - Support group for caregivers supporting someone with a life-limiting illness * offered two times a month

Bereavement support for anyone who has experienced the death of someone close * services can be provided at home, or in hospitals and long-term care homes

Bereavement Services
  • Healing Souls - 10 week support group held in various communities across Elgin throughout the year
  • Our Mourning Walk - bereavement walking program held every Tuesday at Pinafore Park from 10-11am followed by social support at Sunset Cafe from 11am-12noon * walk also offered Thursdays 7-8pm
  • clients can also be matched one-on-one with trained volunteers for grief support
  • ongoing grief maintenance group meets every 6 weeks across the county
  • Cooking for One
  • Mindfulness Meditation for Grief, Gentle Yoga for Grief
  • Kids' Circle
Hours Administration: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Areas Served Elgin County
Boundaries Elgin County and area
Eligibility People who need end-of-life care or bereavement supports
Application No referral required * pre-registration is required * call to register
Languages English
Fees Free
Agency Information
Established 1995
Primary Executive Julie Johnston, Senior Manager, Community and Family Support Services; Email:
Funding Private ; Provincial - SWLHIN
Site Information
Site Location St Thomas
Located In Community St Thomas
Address & Map
175 S Edgeware Rd
St Thomas, ON N5P 4C4
Intersection S Edgeware Rd and Burwell Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible

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