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A compassionate Ottawa supports and empowers individuals, their families and their communities throughout life to live well and to die and grieve well.

Special Announcement

Even though volunteers and staff continue to work remotely, Compassionate Ottawa has been as busy as ever. We’re offering on-line ACP workshops and soon we’ll add workshops on grief and loss.  We’ve written some pieces on timely topics, which you can read by visiting the News section of our website, and have started to think about what our community and our work will look like going forward.

In the meantime, below you will see a link to an inspiring video on why conversations are especially important right now. You will also see our practical guide to conversations, which is available in both English and French.  Be sure to visit our website often for news of other programs we hope to offer soon.

And of course, we send all of you our best wishes for health and safety as we continue though these challenging times.

Video: The Importance of Advance Care Planning

Nadine Valk of Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program talks about why it is important for Canadians to speak with their substitute decision makers about their wishes, values and beliefs.


Guide - Conversations - English

A complete guide to how to have conversations about your wishes, values and beliefs with your substitute decision maker(s).



Guide - Conversations - Français

Un guide complet sur la manière d'avoir des conversations sur vos souhaits, vos valeurs et vos croyances avec votre ou vos mandataires pour vos soins personnels.


HELP Ottawa: Faith Communities and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The HELP Ottawa team has been busy finding ways to support faith communities despite the restrictions on gatherings.



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