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

What to Say (and What Not to Say) to Someone Who’s Grieving

by David Pogue Do you laugh when someone’s grocery bag bursts? Do you find yourself stealing cabs? Have you shouted at puppies? If you answered yes to any of these, then you may have Empathy Deficit Disorder. For this Crowdwise, I asked you to recount some helpful things people said or did when you were…

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If you can’t speak for yourself, who will make your medical decisions?

by Noam Berlin. “Have you thought about how you want to spend the last years, days and hours of your life? Have you talked about those wishes with anyone? I know my father’s wishes: If he had a terminal illness, he would want comfort, not time. Incurable cancer, severe stroke, massive heart attack? No drawn-out…

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Busing: How we can truly support those facing death or grieving over loss

Living well and dying well are what we all hope for. As we face dying and death, we need all the support we can get. It comes from many places, but we all know about the challenges associated with crowded emergency departments, the wait for hospital beds, the inadequate number of community placements, the stress…

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Few Canadians have early access to home palliative care: study

Following the recent study done by CIHI, an article in Global News by Katherine Ward recounts the story of Anya Humphrey’s struggle with palliative care options and how she feels it affected her family. “Anya Humphrey’s century old home is filled with countless happy family memories. ‘He was a natural born photographer,’ she said as she…

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Access to Palliative Care in Canada

Brought to us by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. “Canadians are living longer, but they are not always living better. For many people, living longer means a struggle with poor health caused by chronic conditions, degenerative diseases or cancer. Thanks to improved medical treatments, declines in health are now more gradual, but this can…

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A Framework for Palliative Care

Palliative care affects Canadians of all ages, and while it is not only needed for the elderly, we know there are now more seniors than children in Canada. This demographic is changing the face of Canadian society and adding new policy needs at all levels of government. The gaps in palliative care can and must…

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Speeches at Local Rotary Clubs

Today, our two co-chairs, Jackie Holzman and Jim Nininger, were pleased to be guest speakers at The Bytown Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of West Ottawa, respectively. They spoke about Compassionate Ottawa and the work that it is doing in the community. Both clubs provided our co-chairs with thought-provoking feedback; Jackie and Jim were delighted…

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Gini’s Story: An Enlightening Conversation About Death

Brought to us by Compassionate Communities Kingston Canada, Gini tells her personal story about being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and how her journey of acceptance has unfolded. Gini discusses the realities of grief, the medical community, and how she learned to live as well as she can with her remaining time. Watch the video…

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Call for Participants in a Research Project Focusing on End-of-Life-Care Conversations

Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have developed an online tool to help older adults living in the community who face uncertainties around end-of-life care needs and wishes. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), they are now consulting with patients and health-care providers to refine the tool before trial implementation…

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