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Prince George Hospice set to open rec room

Prince George Hospice executive director Donna Flood. Bill Phillips photo
Prince George Hospice executive director Donna Flood.

The Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society (PGHPCS) has completed its new rec room, furthering its commitment to expanding hospice services for the community.

The addition of this space aligns with PGHPCS’s strategic goal to meet the evolving needs of individuals experiencing grief and bereavement.

Since its establishment in 1987, PGHPCS has been a pillar of support, offering grief and bereavement services to the Prince George community. In 1995, the organization opened the Rotary Hospice House, the first-ever Hospice House in British Columbia. With a mission to lead hospice care provincially and nationally, PGHPCS has continuously responded to the community’s needs, pioneering cutting-edge programs within the sector.

Recognizing the unique requirements of instrumental grievers, individuals who express their response to loss through physical, cognitive, and behavioral actions, PGHPCS conducted thorough research and literature reviews. The findings highlighted the valuable impact of instrumental grief programs that enable individuals to grieve in unconventional ways not currently offered by existing programs.

To accommodate these innovative initiatives, PGHPCS has developed plans to utilize the hospice yard, establishing key elements such as a tent, Rec Room, garden, and labyrinth. The renovated garage now resembles a Men’s Shed, providing gender-specific activities along with inclusive programs.

Additionally, the expansion includes the incorporation of a gardening area and a labyrinth situated within the property, allowing for future development and growth.

The rec room will serve as a dynamic space for local organizations, promoting an environment that fosters engagement and socialization. With a variety of scheduled activities, people will have the opportunity to participate in art and craft workshops, pottery, puzzles, painting, leatherworking, and more. PGHPCS aims to have the rec room accessible to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

“We are thrilled to unveil the new rec room, which signifies our commitment to providing comprehensive and innovative support to our community,” said Donna Flood, Executive Director of
PGHPCS. “We extend our deepest gratitude to the community for their unwavering support and contributions, both financially and through various skills that have made this expansion possible.”

PGHPCS remains dedicated to its goal of being recognized as a Centre of Excellence for the North,
sharing its expertise and programs with hospices throughout the region. The completion of the Rec
Room marks an important milestone in achieving this vision.

For more information or to inquire about participating in the instrumental grief programs, please
contact Denise Torgerson at 250-563-2551 or , further details about the Prince
George Hospice Palliative Care Society can be found on their website at

If you have a skill or expertise you would like to share with are group please contact Denise.

The grand opening of the rec room is set for September 28 at 10 a.m.

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