Compassionate Care Course

The Compassionate Care Course is designed for anyone preparing to support and care for individuals that are living with a life-limiting illness and those who are grieving a loss.

It is offered twice yearly, in spring and fall. The course takes place one weekday evening for eight weeks and students are required to attend all classes in order to receive certification. Each week is a different topic and classes are lead by trained speakers that work in their field of specialty. The course costs $185.00 for those taking it for self interest or $150.00 for staff/volunteers sponsored by other organizations.

The next course will start on September 25th and run eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 pm till November 13th at Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 Des Meurons. Please contact Tiana to for more information or to register – 204-889-8525 ext. 228 or tpretula@palliativemanitoba.ca

Volunteers and the General Public

The Compassionate Care Course is intended as training for Palliative Manitoba volunteers, but is open to organizations and the public as space allows.

It is offered twice yearly, in spring and fall. The course takes place one weekday evening for eight weeks and students are required to attend all classes in order to receive certification. Each week is a different topic and classes are lead by trained speakers that work in their field of specialty.

Individuals who wish to volunteer for Palliative Manitoba must first complete the volunteer application form and be interviewed. Individuals that fulfill the screening requirements will be invited to attend the course for a cost of $55.00.  Once selected, volunteers are asked to consent to a one-year post-course commitment. Please note Palliative Manitoba volunteers have an additional 2 evenings after the CCC for orientation.

Those individuals, who wish to complete the Compassionate Care Course for personal interest or in conjunction with another organization, please note that space is limited and the cost of the course is $185.00.

Customized Courses

For Health Care Aides

In collaboration with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Palliative Manitoba provides training twice a year to health care aides.  Modeled after our Compassionate Care Course for Volunteers, this eight-week course teaches those who provide direct patient care the essentials of palliative care, emphasizing how to assist clients and their families when death is near or has recently occurred.

Recruitment for this course is coordinated by the WRHA Palliative Care Program.

For Support Workers

In partnership with Winnserv and Cropo Funeral Chapel, Palliative Manitoba provides training twice a year to direct support workers.  This condensed four-week training is available to workers assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities.  This course is designed to educate direct support workers, in the assisted living setting, about the essentials of palliative care, emphasizing care for those approaching end of life or who are bereaved.

Recruitment for this course is coordinated by Palliative Manitoba and community agencies.

For First Nations Communities

Palliative Manitoba offers a customized Compassionate Care Course upon request by Manitoba First Nations Communities. Modeled after our Compassionate Care Course for Volunteers, this two-and-a-half-day workshop is customized to fit the needs of the individual community.  The course is designed to address the essentials of palliative care, but is modified to meet the needs of the First Nation Community.  Participants are given the opportunity to share stories and experiences around death and dying as they relate to their own community.

This course is available at the request of community leaders/members.

The Compassionate Care Course can be modified to meet the needs and wants of different organizations and/or community groups.  For more information or to arrange a customized course, please contact 204-889-8525.

Compassionate Care Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care
    • History of palliative care, definitions of hospice and palliative care, and examine attitudes, beliefs and experiences around dying and death
  2. Cross-Cultural Considerations in Palliative Care
    • Breaking down prejudices and stereotypes within the palliative community
  3. Communication in Palliative Care
    • Starting the conversation, tips and tricks and being aware of personal body language, including the use of silence
  4. Enhancing Quality of Life and End-of-Life Ethical Issues
    • Activities that promote comfort, ethical principles, and advance care planning
  5. Loss, Grief, and Bereavement
    • Exploring the concepts of loss, grief and bereavement; finding ways to support individuals and their families; and identifying healthy ways to express personal grief when working with families
  6. Spiritual Care of the Dying and Their Families
    • Understanding spirituality and spiritual care
  7. Palliative Care from a Doctor’s Perspective
    • Session led by a Doctor from the Palliative Care Program from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  8. Self-Reflection & Closing Ceremony