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 death. 


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. Individuals who wish to volunteer for Palliative Manitoba must first complete the Volunteer Application form and be interviewed.

Click here for more information about Volunteer Opportunities.

The course takes place one weekday evening for eight consecutive weeks and students are required to attend all classes in order to receive certification. Please note; for Palliative Manitoba volunteers there are 2 additional weeks for volunteer orientation.

Each week is a different topic and classes are lead by trained speakers that work in their field of specialty.

The next course will run for 8 Wednesdays from September 30th to November 25th, 2020 with Palliative Manitoba volunteer orientation on December 2nd and 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This fall session will be taken place online due to current restrictions. Video presentations will be sent out a week prior to the scheduled Wednesday zoom meetings.

Course Registration Fees:
  • Palliative Manitoba Volunteer – $60.00
  • Organization Sponsored Staff & Volunteers – $165.00
  • Self-Improvement/Personal Interest $200.00

Please contact Tiana for more information or to register, 204-889-8525 ext. 228 or tpretula@palliativemanitoba.ca

Compassionate Care Course Outlines & Objectives


Customized Courses

For Health Care Aids

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 WRHA Home Care Resource Coordinators and Scheduling Clerks

In addition to training WRHA Community Health Care Aides, we also provide a condensed Compassionate Care Course for their Resource Coordinators and Scheduling Clerks to encourage high levels of communication between all parties with regard to end of life scenarios. This course is offered once a year.


For Support Workers

In partnership with 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.

To accommodate the unique challenges of each community, this course is co-created with health professionals, elders, and community members to ensure a culturally safe course for all participants. 

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.