Charitable Works by the Grand Priory in Canada

In everyone's final stages of life, there are two profound elements that become the major focus in those final months of life: a) the caregiver(s) who will tend to your needs, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically, and, b) hospice palliative care in the home or in a hospice care facility. The Order, through generous funding from private, personal and commercial donations, allows the Order to continue its efforts in supporting, furthering and developing these two important elements consistent with its dedication to the care and aid to those in need, never waivering from that mission since the 12th century outside the walls of Jerusalem.

As you begin to take care of a loved one with a progressive illness, you are facing what many describe as one of the most profoundly rewarding, yet at times over-whelming, personal experiences of your life. It will not be easy. It will be especially difficult to understand the ongoing progression of your loved one’s illness, which will emotionally and physically change your family member. A caregiver can be a family member, a friend or a group of people who are available to provide care for a loved one at home. A caregiver should take some time to consider many factors, including his or her physical and emotional health ability and the time required to provide care.

For those fortunate enough to have access to hospice palliative care, either in-home care or a hospice facility, hospice palliative care is most effectively delivered by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers who are both knowledgeable and skilled in all aspects of the caring process related to their discipline of practice. Periodically, home care may no longer be an option, and therefore, a hospice facility will provide comfort and care, in an environment in which staff and volunteers provide practical and emotional support during the ending stages of life and through the grieving process of family members.

Generous donations to the Order will enable it to continue its work in helping those in need, developing and distributing resources for the caregiver, and providing financial support to hospices across the country via local Commanderies.