Family and friends

Someone I love has cancer

Hearing that someone you love has cancer can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. Fear, sadness, anger, helplessness are natural when facing such a diagnosis.

You don’t have to go through this alone. We’re here to provide support, compassion, and guidance to help you and your loved one through this journey.

At Hope & Cope, we understand that each person’s situation is unique, with different relationships, living situations, and stages of cancer involved.

Our caring staff is ready to listen, offer advice based, and connect you with resources tailored to your needs.

Whether you need one-on-one counseling, want to join a support group, or simply look for suggestions on being a caregiver, we’re here for you.

How We Help

We offer a wide array of programs tailored for individuals navigating the cancer journey, no matter what is your story. Explore our programs designed to meet your needs. Not sure where to start ? Contact us.

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Living with Loss

The "Living with Loss" program at Hope & Cope is a supportive space designed for individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer. It offers a compassionate environment where participants can share their experiences, feelings, and challenges with others who understand the unique nature of their grief.

Hospital Visits Program

Our Hospital Visits program ensures that if you're hospitalized during your treatment, friendly volunteers from our Hospital Visiting Team are available to offer comfort, companionship, and support. Dressed in teal blue coats, they're easily recognizable and ready to assist, whether you need a glass of water, a warm blanket, or someone to talk to.

Caring for Caregivers

Caregivers Support Groups offer a nurturing space for those caring for loved ones with cancer, providing resources, emotional support, and strategies to manage the complexities of caregiving.

Advanced Cancer Support

Our Palliative Care Support team offers compassionate guidance and support for those facing life-limiting illnesses. Focusing on comfort, dignity, and emotional well-being, we ensure that patients and their families receive the care and understanding necessary during this profound journey.

One-On-One Peer Support

Our one-on-one peer support connects you with volunteers who have firsthand experience with cancer. They offer personalized support, insight, and understanding to help navigate your journey with cancer.

Bereavement Support

Our Bereavement Support offers a compassionate space for those grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer, providing tools and resources to navigate the journey of grief with understanding and care.

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A better understanding of cancer and the grieving process help you overcome it and take control of your life. Find here online ressources or visit our physical library located on the 7th floor of the JGH

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Caring for Caregivers: A New Support Group for Caregivers at Hope & Cope

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Survivorship Day Celebration as a Caregiver

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Co-designing Services With Patients and Families: A Powerful Approach to Rethink Cancer Care

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Palliative Care: empathy and compassion

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Author Patricia Rodi gives back

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Walk-a-thon raises close to $70,000

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Did You Know?

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Volunteer Management Council Update

By Ida Teolil, Chair, Volunteer Management Council The Volunteer Management Council (VMC) met in April to review the activities of our volunteer committees. As a reminder, the VMC is a new governance structure that helps manage volunteers at Hope & Cope....