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Our History

In 1985, Abbotsford Hospice Society was registered as a non-profit society due to the efforts of our Founding Group. These incredible professionals, community members and families saw a need for hospice and grief support in our community and stepped forward to make a lasting difference.

In 2016, Holmberg House was opened, providing a 10 bed hospice residence for palliative patients in our community (in addition to the 10 beds at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Palliative Care Unit). It also provided a beautiful space to facilitate our children’s and adult grief support programs and groups.

Throughout the years, thousands of families have come through our doors receiving support as they faced grief and loss, at no charge.

Through the vision and leadership of many and from the generous support of our community members, we have been able to walk with individuals and families during a very sensitive time in their lives. AHS has grown to serve the expanding and diverse community of Abbotsford and its surrounding areas, and with the love and care provided by our staff and volunteers, allow for individuals to "live well until they die".

In 2021, AHS celebrated 35 years serving in and supporting our community. An 8- page newspaper insert was published to provide the community a detailed look into our services and programs and the cherished role

we play in Abbotsford and surrounding areas.

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September 28, 2023

 

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the passing of Nicholas “Nick” Michael Holmberg, who passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2023 at the age of 30.

Nick was a beloved son, husband, brother, and friend, and his kind heart touched everyone he encountered. He had a way of making everyone feel special. 

Our beautiful Holmberg House would not exist without the incredible family legacy that Nick and his family have created. 
 
Holmberg House was named in honour of Nicholas’ uncle Dave Holmberg, and also carries the memory and legacy of his dear grandparents, Dave Senior, and Lee Holmberg.  

Our Home will now hold a special legacy of honour, with three generations of the Holmberg Family, and will continue to be a home and a place of comfort for our community.
 
As a community, we will continue to support them with comfort and care as they walk this difficult journey of the loss of Nicholas. 

Thank you for your sensitivity to the family at this time. 

This beautiful tribute was written by his brother Phillip Holmberg and shared by his family. 
https://www.abbynews.com/obituaries/nicholas-michael-holmberg-4981928

The Celebration of Life is at Ledgeview Golf Club - October 21, 2023 at 1pm.  

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The Holmberg Legacy

In 2011, the announcement of a B.C. Government grant of 3.5 million dollars served to augment the extensive personal financial contributions and tireless fundraising activities of David and Lee Holmberg. The name of the new adult hospice, Holmberg House, was intended to honour the life and legacy of David Holmberg Jr., their son, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 48. Additionally, financial support came from all parts of the community that included businesses, service organizations, and individuals.

 

We are very grateful to the Holmberg Family who have played such an integral part and gave generously of their time and resources to ensure that Holmberg House became a reality and that it would be available to serve the people of Abbotsford.

Dave Holmberg Sr. passed away in 2017 and his wife, Lee, only one year later, in 2018. Both were avid golfers and generous supporters of Ledgeview Golf & Country Club. The Holmberg Memorial Golf Classic was started in their honour and raises funds each year to support their legacy at the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

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