Compassionate End-of-Life Care in an environment of choice.


SSHPCS(South Shore Hospice Palliative Care Society) promotes 

compassionate accessible End-of-Life care through partnerships,

education, advocacy and the provision of resources. 


 The South Shore Hospice Palliative Care Society (SSHPCS) was formed in 2018 to assist in addressing the needs surrounding palliative care in Lunenburg and Queens Counties. The volunteer Board of the SSHPCS, represents Lunenburg and Queens Counties (formerly South Shore Health District), and is working cooperatively with palliative care staff and the Nova Scotia Health Authority to meet the Society’s vision of providing compassionate end of life care in an environment of choice.

 Palliative care is specialized care, provided by a trained team of health professionals, for people living with a serious and life threatening illness. It is designed to improve the quality of life for individuals and families 

The South Shore Hospice and Palliative Care Society’s goals are:


1. to support the enhancement and expansion of existing palliative services, by providing additional resources for education and professional development of staff and volunteers,

2. to support the establishment of a designated acute palliative care unit in South Shore Regional Hospital and at least one designated bed in both Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital and Queens General Hospital. As there are currently no designated beds* for palliative in-patients in any of the hospitals in Lunenburg and Queens Counties, the Society will work to ensure that Lunenburg and Queens Counties palliative patients are afforded the same options as palliative patients in the other areas of the province. 

3. support the establishment of a hospice to serve Lunenburg and Queens Counties.

The aging population in Lunenburg and Queens Counties has increased the demand for palliative care services. Between 2012 and 2018, the referrals for palliative care services increased from 184 to 323, with 65% of the deaths in 2018 occurring in one of the three hospitals. With the average number of palliative patients 8 to 10 in hospital at any one time, the demand for designated palliative beds in our hospitals facilities is growing. So too is the demand for a hospice. 

Designated palliative beds in a hospital setting or in a hospice affords the patient a place of dignity and comfort, and provides family members and friends the opportunity to be with their loved one in a private setting. 

To learn more about the South Shore Hospice/Palliative Care Society please email