Compassionate Care Course

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. 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

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.

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