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Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself? Do they know your wishes? How are health care decisions made if you cannot make them yourself?  Our advance care planning workshops and resources can answer these questions. Advance care planning is about planning for life, up to and including death.

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Qui parlera pour vous si vous ne pouvez pas parler pour vous-même? Cette personne sait-elle ce que vous souhaitez? Comment peut-on prendre des décisions au sujet de vos soins de santé si vous ne pouvez pas les prendre vous-même? Vous trouverez des réponses à ces questions lors de nos ateliers de planification préalable des soins et les ressources offertes. La planification préalable des soins vise la planification de la vie, et ce, jusqu’à la mort.

Kicking off the new season of Conversations with Leaders with a very special guest

September 13, 2021

This live virtual event will feature a conversation between The Right Honourable David Johnston, Canada’s 28th governor general, and Mr. Lewis Auerbach, Compassionate Ottawa volunteer. Drawing on Mr. Johnston’s latest book, entitled “Trust,” they will discuss the link between empathy and trust; what it means to be a compassionate community; and what we can do…

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A Tribute to Barbara McInnes / Un hommage à Barbara McInnes

July 6, 2021

On July 1, Barbara McInnes, a good friend to so many in Ottawa, died from an aggressive form of cancer. Barbara expressed her strong support for Compassionate Ottawa right from the time that our co-founders, Jim Nininger and Jackie Holzman, described their vision.  She attended all our Advisory Council meetings and generously offered advice whenever…

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“Strength and Compassion: Footsteps on the Path of Indigenous Ways of Living with Dying and Death” went LIVE

June 1, 2021

In honor of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada on June 21, 2021, Compassionate Ottawa is honored to host this month’s Conversations with Leaders with two Indigenous Elders. For many Indigenous peoples, dying and death are a transition rather than a finite “end-of-life”.  With one foot in the living world and one in the spiritual…

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Conversations avec des leaders presente « Les soins palliatifs et le deuil en période de pandémie »

April 12, 2021

Dans cette conversation, Johanne de Montigny s’entretiendra avec Jean-Pierre Soublière de l’impact du deuil et de la façon dont les pertes engendrées par la pandémie y ont contribué. Ils discuteront également des soins palliatifs, notamment de ce qu’ils sont, du moment où ils interviennent dans la vie d’une personne et de la façon dont une…

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CHPCP Loss and Hope Photo Challenge

April 11, 2021

The Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program is launching a Loss and Hope Photo Challenge with a chance to win one of two Indigo gift cards of $100! Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, we have all faced numerous losses: the deaths of loved ones, being apart from family and friends, unemployment, postponed…

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Conversations with Leaders went LIVE!

March 24, 2021

“Illness, Suffering and Spirituality: The Path to Hope and Healing” went LIVE on March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am ET. In this conversation, Lorraine M. Wright talked with Marion Rattray about practical and thoughtful ways that we can engage with each other when neighbours, friends, or patients are experiencing serious illness or loss in their…

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