Hospice and Palliative Care

Please note: We are currently reorganizing and adding new content to this section of our website. 

The goal of Hospice and Palliative Care is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for people who are living with or dying from an advanced illness, or are bereaved.

Hospice Palliative Care strives to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the life-threatening illness and their family/caregiver. Family is defined as whoever the person chooses and may include relatives, partners and friends.

What is involved in palliative care?

  • Pain management
  • Symptom management
  • Social, psychological, emotional and spiritual support
  • Caregiver support
  • Bereavement support

We hope you find the following links useful.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.

Caregiver Tele-Connect (also known as CTC) is a unique initiative aimed at supporting caregivers who are caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. Using a teleconferencing format, a Caregivers Nova Scotia facilitator leads weekly support groups providing emotional support, information, and educational resources.

Special Patient Program - This Program provides special care and support for Nova Scotians with rare conditions and unique care needs, respects patients’ wishes, improves patients’ quality of life, and reduces stress on patients and families.  Your health care provider will assist with the registration process and help you to create an EHS care plan that is right for your needs. You can visit the website or watch this video for more information.

Palliative Care  - this section of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program's website (formally Cancer Care Nova Scotia) provides useful information for caregivers and family members about what palliative care is and how to access it.

Palliative Home Care - Palliative Home Care is compassionate end-of-life care which is provided to an individual who is terminally ill.  Services may include Nursing, Home Support, and the Palliative Home Care Medication Coverage program.

Preparing for Death and Dying - This Guide was created for people with a life-limiting illness, their family, and their friends. It was developed by the NS Dept. of Health and Wellness in collaboration with Cancer Care Nova Scotia and others. It covers making plans, what changes to expect, helpful services, and information for caregivers.

Advance Care Planning - means having discussions with family and friends, especially a Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak on behalf of the patient when he or she cannot.  Planning may also include writing down wishes, and may even involve talking with healthcare providers, and financial and legal professionals.  Before visiting their website, you may want to view these two videos:
Speak Up - Advance Care Planning and ACP Conversations.  


Canadian Virtual Hospice - provides information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss, and grief.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association - is the national voice for hospice and palliative care in Canada.

Colchester East Hants Hospice Society - provides care and support to families as they face serious illness, death, and grief.

Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County - supports and promotes compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who are living with a life-threatening illness.

Hospice Society of Greater Halifax - supports people affected by a life-limiting illness, death, and bereavement.

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association - is the provincial body for hospice and palliative care.

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Directory (2013) - a provincial directory of palliative service care providers.