About Hospice

The word hospice derives from the Latin word ‘hospes’ meaning both a guest or visitor and one who provides lodging for a guest or visitor.

Hospice offers a holistic view of each individual with emphasis on physical, emotional, spiritual and social support as defined by the client and family.

Hospice affirms every person’s right to die with dignity, free of pain and the right to be informed and to participate in the decisions affecting their care.

Hospice enables terminally ill people to be cared for and to die at home if desired.  Hospice focuses on quality of living when a cure is no longer an option.

Does Hospice Cost?  

There is no charge for Bulkley Valley Hospice Society services.  In response to requests for service, the coordinator will visit to discuss the program.  The decision to use the services of a volunteer is yours.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please call 1-877-335-2233 or 250-877-7451.  This is a voice mail machine which is monitored on a regular basis.

Who May Receive Hospice?

Individuals who may receive hospice are:

  • Those whose disease is no longer responsive to treatment aimed at a cure, and
  • Those who are grieving the loss or imminent loss of a loved one

Referrals may be made by a physician, a nurse, caregiver, friend, minister, other community services, family member or the client or grieving person.


The BVHS is deeply grateful to those who donate to our work. General and 'In-Memoriam' donations to the BVHS can be mailed to Box 8, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0. Tax receipts will be provided.