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September Newsletter

Fall brings the season of change. September has been busy with our 7th annual Handbags for Hospice event and great community programs, including Death Cafes, End-of-Life planning sessions, and Grief Recovery programs.

We are incredibly grateful for the continuous generosity of this community, supporting person-centered end-of-life care right here in our community.

On September 21st, 2023 we welcomed 169 guests to our 7th annual Handbags for Hospice event.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event, attended as a guest, or volunteered in preparation for and during the event. A special shout out to our amazing planning committee who contributed their time and talent to make this a memorable and enjoyable event. Each and every one of you contributed to a very successful Handbags for Hospice event, netting over $200,000 for our community hospice. For all of you who played a part in supporting our Handbags for Hospice event, thank you for helping Huron Shores Hospice continue to create a world where end-of-life receives the same beauty, care and respect as the beginning, by making moments matter!

The Kincardine Community Catch the Ace is back in full swing and moving into week 5. The jackpot could hit over $ 5,000 next week!

Visit to purchase your tickets online each week or in person at participating retailers (see below). Tickets are only $5.00 with a winner each week and the chance to win the grand prize if the Ace of Spades is caught! 50% of the proceeds go directly back into our community, supporting Huron Shores Hospice, the Tiverton & District Lions, and the Kincardine Legion, Branch 183.

The inaugural Kincardine Community Catch the Ace went to week 26 and the grand prize winner took home $53,000!

In-person tickets are available at:

Kincardine Legion Bar

Kwik Way, Tiverton

Edward Fuels Ltd

Sleepers Bed Gallery

Jean’s Family Restaurant

Instyle Hair Studio

Thank you for your support, and good luck!

We will be hosting Death Cafés in Port Elgin and Kincardine in October and November.

Death cafes provide an opportunity to drink tea or coffee, eat dessert, and discuss death. It is a group-directed discussion with no agenda, objectives, or themes, not a grief support or counseling session. We aim to normalize the conversation around dying and death.

Please join us:

Port Elgin:

October 10th from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Port Elgin Library

November 14th from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Port Elgin Library


October 11th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Davidson Centre

RSVP to or call 519-385-5787

If you are dealing with grief related to the loss of a family member or friend, Huron Shores Hospice offers an 8-session educational program that provides a safe environment to explore your beliefs about dealing with loss. The program offers actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain.

Grief delayed is not grief denied. Whether you have recently experienced a loss or have suffered a loss in the past, the Grief Recovery Program can provide support. Our trained and certified grief recovery specialists® will facilitate your journey with compassion, confidentiality, and dignity.

The Grief Recovery Program will be offered in Kincardine starting October 18th for 8 weeks from 10:00am-12:00 pm.

Register or for more information, click here.

Huron Shores Hospice will offer Are Your Ducks in a Row: A Personal Planning Workshop to Help You Plan Now to Live Life More Fully in Kincardine in October.

Please join us on October 18th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Davidson Centre

RSVP to or call 519-385-5683

Partnership with Will Power and Bruce-Grey local charities

Huron Shores Hospice, Will Power and seven other local Bruce-Grey charities have joined forces in a meaningful campaign to inspire generosity and compassion. This powerful partnership encourages individuals to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will to support our mission.

Over 3 million Canadians have already embraced this "ethical Will" movement, realizing that they can make a substantial impact while preserving their financial security for loved ones. The Will Power Legacy Calculator, a key tool in this campaign, illustrates how even a small portion of one's estate can make a significant difference.

Together, we're creating a world where end-of-life care receives the same beauty, care, and respect as the beginning.

For more information about legacy giving please contact Cathy Herbert, Executive Director, Huron Shores Hospice at or by calling 519-385-5683.

You are the first to know…

We’ve been working on installing Wind Phones across our communities for some time now and we will soon be unveiling our first installation in the Geddes Park trails. We wanted our supporters to be the first to know about this exciting new tool for those grieving in our community and ask for your help.

What is a Wind Phone? Our new Wind Phone was Inspired by the Japanese "kaze no denwa" tradition. In 2010, Itaru Sasaki, a garden designer, set up the first Wind Phone in his garden as a personal means to grieve the loss of his cousin. He placed an unconnected rotary phone inside an old-fashioned phone booth and shared, "Because my thoughts could not be relayed over a regular phone line, I wanted them to be carried on the wind, said Sasaki." When the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011, causing immense loss and devastation, Sasaki opened the phone to the public, providing a space for friends and relatives of the victims to find solace in their grief.

“The Wind Phone in Geddes Park is a place for grieving individuals to feel a connection with their departed loved ones. It allows people to express their thoughts, regrets, and love, providing a sense of comfort and closure, said Cathy Herbert, Executive Director, Huron Shores Hospice. “After the loss of a loved one, I think there's a sense of needing to say things, communicate, and still feel a connection. There is no one right way to grieve the loss of a loved one and this is just one more tool in our toolbox to support grieving members of our community.”

Located amidst the Geddes Park trails natural beauty, the Wind Phone invites you to sit, listen to the calming breeze, and find peace.

How can you help? We are asking our supporters to keep an eye out for the phone on their hikes on the trail and report any damage of the Wind Phone to us at or by calling 519-385-5683. We want to make sure the phone and housing are kept in excellent condition and your help to report any issues would be greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned for other locations around our communities of additional Wind Phone installations.

The blue dot is where our Wind Phone is located

in the Geddes Park trails.

A big thank you to Phil Armstrong from Old Guys Handyman Services who designed and donated the housing for the Wind Phone.

A big thank you to Mike Di Giovanni and the town crew for installing the Wind Phone on our behalf and providing the materials to do so. We really appreciate this support!

The Importance of Caregiving

Huron Shores Hospice is pleased to have Eugene Dufour as guest speaker at an upcoming free workshop held at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine on November 1st at 1:00pm.

This workshop will focus on two important aspect of caregiving – giving and receiving. Participants will receive practical and useful information on how to develop the art and skill of giving compassionate care. The workshop will also present current information and research on the importance of self-care (receiving) which will empower us to provide empathic care. If caregivers focus on the importance of giving and receiving, then we can authentically walk with people’s misery and mystery as they search for wholeness.

As we move into the season of thanks, we would like to take some time to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this year's Handbags for Hospice event such a success and for continuing to support compassionate end-of-life care right here in our community.

Signature Sponsor:

Special Electronics and Design (SED)

Premium Sponsors:

Lake Views Eye Care; Accents; Michelle Wright, Broker, Royal LePage Exchange, Kincardine

Satchel Sponsors:

VG Renovations; Mike and Chris Johnson; Dr. Deller-Quinn Family Dentistry; West Shore Stone & Brick Inc.; Stevcon Packaging & Logistics Ltd.; Queen Street Medical-Dr. Mike Ballantine; Ashley and David Hoogenboom; Tim Hortons Kincardine and Walkerton; MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home Ltd.; Greenfield Global; Kincardine Home Hardware; Mensch; Davey-Linklater Funeral Home; Ross Young Bus Lines Ltd.

Tote Sponsors:

Laschuk & Farr, Barristers & Solicitors; Harvey Financial Solutions; McMann's Garage Ltd.; Snobelen Farms; Huron Shores Optometry; Linda Bowers; Philip and Joanne Wilson; Morson Talent; House Rules; Tiverton Park Manor; Agile Bear Incorporated; Jackson Construction Ltd.

Clutch Sponsors:

Sleepers Bed Gallery; Morson Talent; (S)he Shed Beauty Boutique; Sonas (Kendall Sawyer)

Wristlet Sponsors:

Hurontel; Kincardine Ladies Slow Pitch League; Kincardine Total Footcare & Orthotics; Port Elgin Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion; Lakeview Dental Services; MicroAge Basics; Kincardine Ladies Fitness; Superheat FGH; Fig Studio Kitchen; RE/MAX Land Exchange Ltd.; Susan Terry; Lake Range Realty (Derek Regier & Cheryl Johnston); Kincardine Chiropractic & Wellness Centre; June Shouldice; Laura Haight; McKechnie Pharmacy Ltd.; Parrish & Heimbecker Limited

Wallet Sponsors:

Jane & John Downs; Jean's Gallery of Arts; Lake Huron Home; Nancy Ackert; Life Insurance & Financial Advisor; Esthetics by Robin; Shewfelt Financial; Counselling Bruce County; Dynamic Hair Design; Stacey Nixon Fitness; InStyle Hair Studio; Ewyn Studios Kincardine; Bluewater Sanitation; The Modern Farmhouse; Interior Motives; ASPEKT∙7 Construction; Blair Law Firm; Dr. Michael Walden; Kincardine Dentistry; Kristen's Pharmacy

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