Hospice Headlines


From Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
5,000+ Paramedics in Six Provinces to Provide Palliative Care in the Home

New training for paramedics will increase access to palliative care in the home for patients and families, where they want it.

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From ehospice
Stumbling Towards Death: How do Canadians Die? Often not how or where they want

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Most of us would prefer to die at home, but almost two-thirds of us will die in a hospital. Only one in six Canadians receive formal palliative support, and often just in the final weeks of life. Most seniors admitted to hospitals would prefer less aggressive treatment than they receive, yet up to 15 per cent will die in intensive care, subject to the most invasive interventions medicine can offer.

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From CBC Radio 1
In Quebec, family caregivers are demanding real change. They just might get It


Marguerite Blais caught Quebecers by surprise in August 2015 when, just a year into the provincial Liberal government's mandate, she resigned her seat in the Quebec National Assembly.

The veteran MNA — a longtime broadcaster, educator and public administrator, and former minister for seniors in the Jean Charest government — said she was emotionally and physically burnt out.

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From The Wetaskiwin Times
Death Comes With Tea and Cookies


From the Booster
Taking Care of Caregivers

The toll caregiving can have on a person is often imperceptive to others. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, substance abuse and other concerns can silently break down the resilience of caregivers, which is not only unhealthy for the caregiver but also the person(s) they are caring for.

Download "20181023_Super_Booster.pdf"

From CBC News
Memorial tattoos part of grief process, says Waterloo prof

After speaking to people about their tattoos, Susan Cadell says each image tells a rich story.

When Susan Cadell was leading a grief support group a few years ago, something caught the social worker's eye: tattoos.

Cadell told CBC K-W that many in the group were getting tattoos to memorialize their lost loved one. She said even people who had never considered getting a tattoo before were now getting inked.

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From the Globe and Mail
Why we need a clear definition of when death occurs

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Ontario Superior Court Justice Lucille Shaw released her long overdue decision this week in the case of a young Brampton woman pronounced dead in September, 2017, six months after closing arguments ended.

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From Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
Children and Trauma: Strategies for Support

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By Trish Harper, MSW, RSW

A therapy dog provides comfort and affection, and helps reduce anxiety in the settings it is invited into, such as hospitals, airports, schools and long-term care facilities. Think about the last encounter you had with a friendly, furry canine, and I dare you not to smile!

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From Lion's Roar
How to Be a Friend Until the End

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By  Frank Ostaseki

A friend or family member shares the news of a life-threatening diagnosis or we see them stumble on a curb or over their words, and in that moment we realize that we’re about to become a companion to someone facing death. Perhaps it’s a conscious choice. Maybe we feel we have no choice.
It’s important in the beginning to remember that we already know how to care.

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From the Battle River Community Foundation 
Helping People Thrive - Even With a Life-Limiting Illness

We all want to live life to the fullest - even when we have a life-limiting illness, and the Hospice Society exists to help people do exactly that.

Download "Giving back May 2018.pdf"

From The Guardian
The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

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A study has found that regularly eating meals alone is the biggest single factor for unhappiness, besides existing mental illness. Why is hanging out with friends so helpful?

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From BBC
Why We Need to Face Our Own Mortality

My Father’s Wake author Kevin Toolis reflects on the Irish approach to death and dying.

From the Camrose Canadian
Hike for Hospice Raises Awareness

About 50 participants gathered at the Stoney Creek Lodge on Sunday afternoon to remember loved ones who have died and to support the local chapter. Following a brief ceremony led by grief and bereavement coordinator and program coordinator Bill Harder, those gathered took to the trails before returning to share in food and conversation.
"It's an opportunity to highlight the work that hospice does and also palliative care in general," said Harder.

Corrections: Comedian's name at the Volunteer Appreciation Night on May 16th was Donna Lynne Erickson; former city counselor was Bill Sears.

Download "Hike For Hospice raises awareness _ Camrose Canadian.pdf"

From International Children's Palliative Care Network
Mother's Day Mourning

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By Lanise Shortell

Grieving mothers experience sorrow on a bone deep level. Any attempt to emotionally empathise  can stop your breath. Mothers that have buried a child often quietly disengage from communities, families, and friends during waves of grief, especially around Mother’s Day.

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From Forbes
All Health Care Is Social: The Increasing Significance of Social Interaction and Health

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By Sachin H. Jain , Contributor

In 2001, Harvard professor Robert Putnam published his landmark book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, carefully documenting the steady, undeniable decline in social capital in the United States.  Putnam’s argument, compelling then as it is now, was simple: Americans are less connected with one another than they were in past generations—and are worse off because of it.

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From CBC Radio
'A compromised life is worth living': Why Ing Wong-Ward Won't Choose Medically Assisted Death

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By  Anna Maria Tremonti

Ing Wong-Ward, a disability rights advocate, was diagnosed with colon cancer over a year ago. Now in palliative care, she is fighting to make her remaining time meaningful — and to help others to do the same.

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From Convivium
Renewing End-of-Life Care

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By Doug Sikkema

There’s a growing need for more and better end-of-life care in Canada – especially as our population ages. But how does the national picture affect our local communities? Cardus Senior Researcher Doug Sikkema and Ottawa policy analyst Marisa Casagrande have analyzed two of Ontario’s larger communities to get a better idea of what challenges the health system will face, and what all parts of society need to bring to the table to meet them.

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From the Booster
Community Comes Together to Support Humboldt Victims

On Thursday, April 12, Camrose and area residents joined together to meet, talk and support one another in the shadow of the April 6 tragic bus accident just outside of Tisdale, SK, that claimed the lives of 16 people including members of the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Club. The Camrose Kodiaks and the Camrose Primary Care Network

Download "April 17 booster -2.pdf"

From the Booster
Hospice Roadshow Comes to Camrose

This year’s theme, “A Mindful Finale: Spirituality and Ritual at End-of-life” is aimed at helping people fill their toolboxes with practical ideas to help them through this difficult time in life.

Download "April 17 booster.pdf"

From BBC
Dr Kathryn Mannix explains why we should all talk about dying

IMHO dying is not as bad as you think. Powerful piece from Doctor Kathryn Mannix on why we need to talk about death. Dr Kathryn Mannix, palliative care consultant and author of 'With The End in Mind' talks about death and what death is like. One of the things that people will notice is that you are more tired than you used to be.

From Huffpost
Compassion Fatigue is a Reality Of Dementia Caregiving

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By Gail Elliot

If you are connected to the world of dementia care, the demands are many. In your quest to help others, are you taking time to care for yourself?

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From CBC
How a Toronto Hospital Uses Virtual Reality to Grant Dying Patients a Wish

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Meike Muzzi is not dressed for travel.
Hospital bracelets in all three primary colours encircle her wrinkled right forearm, a gold bangle on the left.
But she says she's ready for today's trip — the promise of an escape from the Toronto palliative care ward in which she's spent the past five weeks waiting to die.

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From CBC Radio
'Grief needs to be expressed': How facing death allows us to live more fully

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Julia Samuel would like everyone to get more comfortable talking about death and grief.
She's a grief psychotherapist who works with people dealing with loss. Her new book is called Grief Works - Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. She tells Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current that the Victorians couldn't talk about sex but they were comfortable with death — now she says the opposite is true. "We feel it viscerally, it's very uncomfortable. It puts us in touch with our own mortality," says Samuel.

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The role of palliative care when caring for children with cancer

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On International Childhood Cancer Day, this article highlights the vital role palliative care plays in the care of children with cancer, and their families.

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From CBC Radio
One Year After MAID: A Husband Talks About Being the Spouse Left Behind

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Dr. Brian Goldman
In CBC's second show exploring the impact of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) they speak to Clifford Campbell. His wife Noreen was among the first to be approved for and to receive MAID. He tells Brian what it's like to be the witness to suffering, party to assisted death, and the spouse left behind.

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From the Globe and Mail
What is Home? A Hospice Volunteer's Story

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Eric Démoré rediscovered a sense of home, far from where he grew up, in the unlikeliest of ways.

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Bill C-277 – Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act

House and Senate Agree: Palliative Care Matters!

Download "News-Release-C277-Dec-2017.pdf"

From the Camrose Booster
Hospice Society offers invaluable programs


From National Geographic
Kiwi Coffin Club Throws Glitter on the Idea of Dying

A growing number of New Zealand senior citizens are taking matters of death into their own hands through paint, song, and dance.

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From CBC News
A hospice story: The 'amazing' last days of Diana Fitzharris

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Hospice care helped Diana Fitzharris, a Canadian woman diagnosed with ALS, to more comfortably live out her final days in the company of her husband and 14-year-old daughter. CBC producer Diane Grant, whose own husband died in hospice care, shares their heart-wrenching story

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From Canadian Virtual Hospice
World Health Organization Palliative Care Fact sheet

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Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.

Learn more, click here: Palliative Care Fact Sheet