Art Cart Legacy Project

Live On in the Hearts and Memories of Your Loved Ones...

St. Michael’s Hospice is proud to offer, in conjunction with the Burnaby Hospice Society, the ART CART Legacy Program. We have a fully stocked cart full of paints, journals, crafts and many other creative supplies in which you can design, create or record a little about yourself.

Our trained volunteers will work with you to assist you in putting together a project. Some things will take only minutes to do and others may be carried over for a few weeks. Don’t worry about how creative or not you think you are, this isn’t about the work itself but about leaving something behind for your loved ones. Our volunteers can work with you to create a finished product that will be appreciated and cherished for years to come. Creating a legacy project is an incredible gift that you can give to your loved ones.

We have several samples of proposed projects that we offer in the pamphlet but we also offer a lot more. Please speak to a Hospice Volunteer or a member of staff and we will provide you with the materials you need to create whatever is uniquely yours. We hope you will be inspired to try a project through this program!

What is a Legacy Art Project?

In a nutshell, it’s something that a person leaves behind to be remembered by. It can be something that you make with or without help to give to your loved ones. These projects can be simple or more complicated; all are meaningful. Leaving a legacy craft gives your loved ones something tangible to hold on to, something that can provide healing and comfort year after year, and generation after generation.

What are the benefits of legacy projects?

Leaving a legacy allows you to think about your life, the successes and the hardships that you have experienced and research suggests that this act will increase your overall life satisfaction and psychological well-being. Making a legacy project is a reminder of what you loved, what was important to you and what contributions you made.


Take a collection of photos, cards, recipes, ticket stubs etc. and you can create a beautiful display.

Celebration Ornaments

Start with a glass ball, add some glitter and maybe a wish or two and hang it in your room or give it to someone special.

"Record Me Now"

Record something (anything!) for future generations on an easy to use downloadable app. The number one thing people want to hear said, out loud, is that they were loved. A volunteer can set you up with the free app.

Cards & Letters

Let us set you up with paper/cards/envelopes to help you compose a message for the future or one for right now.

A Jar of Stars (Lucky Stars)

Legend has it that a jar of stars brings luck to the recipient. Add wishes to the jar and you have a beautiful and meaningful symbol of hope.

More Examples:

prayer flags, thumbprints, decorated photo frames, hand stitched pillow, jewelry, memory boxes …

Do I need to be creative?

No, we can help you to assemble or write something meaningful. Sometimes beginning is the hardest part and we are here to support you. At the end of the day, it’s not about the finished product but rather the meaning and intent behind it.

Is there a cost associated with these projects?

No, we were fortunate to receive a grant from the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and all materials will be supplied.

How do I get started?

Either talk to a Burnaby Hospice Volunteer or have a family member call the coordinator at 604-419-6903. We have all the supplies, materials and resources to help you begin.