Our Mission

“Bringing the community together to create a safe and supportive network of resources for families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.”

While we know the loss of a child, whether it be during pregnancy or as an infant, is one that society has a difficult time talking about, we want you to know that we are here for you!

Through the joint effort of a committee consisting of local community members the PILO NSM program was created.  A common consensus from those with lived experience was that there just wasn’t enough peer to peer support available to those who had experienced the loss of a child. Our goal is to change that.  The PILO NSM program will create a safe and supportive network for families and will help to remove the stigma that surrounds pregnancy and infant loss.

The PILO NSM program is designed to offer practical and emotional support through our Peer Group Support (a six week peer support group with first session beginning in October) as well as through One-on-One Peer Support.

It is important to us to let you know that you are not alone, your child is important and we are here to help you.

We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, can contribute fully, and have equal opportunities. To register with PILO NSM please complete the Referral Form or contact our team member Louise Brazier, Bereavement Services Coordinator, at louise@hospiceorillia.ca or call 705-325-0505 Ext. 209.

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About our Volunteers

The PILO NSM volunteers are screened in accordance with the standards of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and have been extensively trained by the Home Hospice Association.

“I wish there was a program like this available when I lost my son” ~ Peggy, PILO NSM Volunteer

Our volunteers come with a wide range of personal and professional lived experience surrounding Pregnancy and Infant Loss.  If you feel you would be able to assist another who has experienced this type of loss we would love to hear from you.

For more information on how you can become a volunteer please contact our team member Louise Brazier, Bereavement Services Coordinator, louise@hospiceorillia.ca or call 705-325-0505 Ext. 209.

(pictured above are Mayor Clarke along with committee members at our Garden of Remembrance ceremony)

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Upcoming Events

Information Open House
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 7:00PM
Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club
(click here for directions)
Registration Fee: $0
RSVP via email to amanda@hospiceorillia.ca

 

Guests will be treated to an evening of discussion surrounding the importance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness plus you will have the chance to ask a panel of individuals and professionals, who have lived experience, questions that you have always wanted to know the answers to.

PILO NSM will also be accepting registrations for the Peer to Peer support groups as well as the One on One support. To download a copy of the poster please click here.

 

 

Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:20 am

The Orillia City Centre

Join PILO NSM and Charlees Run at the Orillia City Centre for a Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading in support of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  We encourage the community to come out and show their support for those who have experienced a pregnancy loss or have lost a child.  This is an opportunity to bring someone whom you know has experienced this type of loss and be there with them while we acknowledge the importance of this day.

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Thank you!

A special heartfelt thank you goes out to our committee members and community partners who have given so much of themselves to ensure the successful launch of this crucial program.

“Volunteers are the heart of our community, they give of themselves like no other.  To open your heart to those who are hurting for no other reason than to help them is a true testament to the caliber of our volunteers.” ~ Amanda

PILO NSM Committee Members

  • Allie Mason
  • Amy Muhr
  • Angie Limmer
  • Caroline Laidlaw
  • Christa Folz
  • Christine Hart
  • Colleen Ladouceur
  • Dave Holmes
  • Elana Durntnall
  • Jaime Charlebois
  • Lisa Phillips
  • Jessica Gladwish
  • Mallory Holmes
  • Peggy Lund
  • Rae-Ann Wilkins
  • Shelly McMurray
  • Sue Morris
  • Tasha Robitaille