Our History

Since 1980, Hospice Wellington has provided compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families facing a life-threatening illness, extending through bereavement. Hospice Wellington was created as the result of several concerned citizens who believed that services in the community did not adequately meet the needs of individuals who were in their last stages of life.

Hospice Wellington is a registered charity that operates primarily through private donations and fundraising initiatives Funding is also provided by the United Way, the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network and the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. The Rotary Clubs of Guelph and Fergus-Elora were instrumental in supporting Hospice Wellington's establishment and growth.





In addition, Hospice Wellington continues to be a volunteer-supported organization. Our clients and their families benefit from more than 16,000 hours of volunteer support for almost 700 individuals in the community and over 250 residents per year.

The modern Hospice care movement began with Dame Cicely Saunders work at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London UK and in Canada palliative care was developed by Dr Balfour Mount in Montreal in 1975. Today, the goal of hospice palliative care continues to be to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity while addressing all symptoms of the illness.  


Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones dying. Just as doctors and midwives lend support and expertise during the time of child birth, hospices provide skilled supports a caring presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process. Hospice care puts the client and their family gently at the centre of care and supports are carefully woven as a network of response to the needs of the individual. Our admissions policy is a warm hug whether literal or virtual you will feel the genuine care and support that is tailored to fit.

All Hospice Wellington services are non-denominational and are offered through donation support and public funding and so no charges are presented for the client. Hospice care means caring for the whole person and for his or her loved ones through one-to-one support, groups and complementary therapy support.