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.

This specialized program is designed to offer practical and emotional support through Home Hospice Association’s ‘Our Babies, Our Grief’ six week progressive healing peer support program facilitated by our professionally trained volunteers.

The key message is 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.

“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

Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:20 am

The Orillia Opera House

Join PILO NSM and Charlees Run at the Orillia Opera House 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.

 

Wave of Light – Orillia

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Sarahannedipity, 161 Mississaga St E, Orillia

Join us on October 15th for the International Wave of Light. This year sarahannedipity has graciously offered to host the Orillia Wave of Light at their store front located at 161 Mississaga St E, Orillia.  Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends around the globe to commemorate all babies who sadly died too soon. It takes place at 7pm on 15 October with doors opening at 6:30pm.

If you are unable to join us, you can still participate by lighting a candle on the 15th of October at 7pm.

Please send your RSVP to amanda@HospiceOrillia.ca.

 

Wave of Light – Bracebridge

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

The Annex, 27 Mainitoba St, Bracebridge

Join PILO NSM in Bracebridge on October 15th for the International Wave of Light. Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends around the globe to commemorate all babies who sadly died too soon. It takes place at 7pm on 15 October with doors opening at 6:30pm.

If you are unable to join us, you can still participate by lighting a candle on the 15th of October at 7pm.

Please send your RSVP to amanda@HospiceOrillia.ca.

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

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