A compassionate Ottawa supports and empowers individuals, their families and their communities throughout life for dying and grieving well.

Perspectives on aging and frailty health with Dr. Duncan Sinclair

In the video, Dr. Sinclair, former Queen’s University Dean of Medicine poignantly describes what frail health means to him, and the steps he is taking to delay the onset of frailty and to ensure his end-of-life care decisions are closely followed. Watch the video on YouTube

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Talking with Kids and Teens about Dying and Death

KidsGrief.ca is a free online resource to provide guidance to parents on how to support children who are grieving the dying or death of someone in their life. It equips parents with the words and confidence to help their children grieve losses in healthy ways. The website can help you understand how children (ages 0 to 18)…

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Saint Paul University Introduces a Program in Palliative Care

The Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University offers a Graduate Diploma: Supportive Care and Spirituality in Palliation. This diploma is conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them. The Graduate Diploma: Supportive Care and Spirituality in Palliation is intended for people…

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The Right to Refuse Medical Treatment

Grey Matters: Elderly patients have right to refuse medical treatment By Wanda Morris My father-in-law was a bit of a rascal. Dad, as he asked me to call him, knew how to have fun. I remember hearing how he “borrowed” a tank to impress a girl during his time with the British Army in Egypt…

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Key Canadian Reports on Palliative Care

There are numerous Canadian reports on palliative care. Two of the better reports for general reading are The Way Forward National Framework, published by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in March 2015. The second report is The Public Health Approach to Palliative Care published by the BC Centre for Palliative Care in August 2015.…

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Free Online Course from Pallium Canada

Pallium Canada, a national partner with Compassionate Ottawa, has created an online course that introduces the readers to some fundamental concepts around palliative care. It takes around 45 minutes to one hour to complete and includes case studies, definitions, and many more features to help you gain a good understanding about how palliative care is…

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Call for a better understanding of palliative care

In this moving piece, Paul Adams, a university professor at Carleton University describes his experience of navigating the medical care system during his wife’s treatment of breast cancer. His piece highlights two main issues: One has to do with very different patient experiences in accessing palliative care services in Ontario. Some patients had a meeting…

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The Economist Covers Palliative Care

The Economist  put the issue of palliative care service quality as the main topic for the week on April 29, 2017. The article points out to the observable differences between what people express as their wishes about their deaths and what they get with the current medical system. The longer article provides more in-depth analysis…

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