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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.

In March 2020, Annie, a 67 year old public servant, was faced with a devastating diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. She was alone and did not know where to turn. She tells how she became aware of community support organizations that are available to assist people in need. She has since become an active community volunteer in strengthening community connections.

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Hosted by Jack McCarthy, former Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre and current Vice-Chair of Compassionate Ottawa, this virtual event featured a conversation with Wendy Muckle and Anne Marie Hopkins of Ottawa Inner City Health. They talked about the pandemic and the opioid crisis, how they are having a devastating impact on…

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Jacqueline Pelletier et Jean-Pierre Soublière explorent positivement les différents aspects du deuil et des rites associés à ce passage obligé.   Cliquez ici pour voir la vidéo.

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By Compassionate Ottawa, published in the Ottawa Business Journal on October 12, 2020. “This pandemic has affected everyone. Every aspect of our life seems to have been disrupted. The workplace is a key area in which significant changes have occurred and will continue to evolve. For many, home has become the principal place of work…

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by Dr. Nick Busing, via healthydebate.ca “COVID-19 has highlighted the need for all of us to live in a compassionate community. The pandemic has been devastating for so many individuals and their families. There have been tragic losses despite the heroics of our healthcare workers and other essential staff. Too many of these losses have…

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OTTAWA – Emmené par une quinzaine de bénévoles, l’organisme Compassion Ottawa tente de rendre ses services accessibles en français afin de « changer la culture entourant la mort » dans la communauté franco-ontarienne. « On a un malaise à parler de la mort. On n’hésite jamais à parler de la naissance, mais ceux qui abordent…

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Banner hanging at Orleans United Church Written by Colleen Mayo-Pankhurst In early 2020, a new term entered the international lexicon: COVID-19. By March 15, many public spaces in Ontario, including places of worship and schools, were ordered to close and residents were asked to do something called “social distancing”. There was a run on toilet…

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