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From the Globe and Mail
There is more than one way to die with dignity

From the Globe and MailThere is more than one way to die with dignity

I don’t look like I have cancer, let alone the incurable kind. I have all my hair. My friends and husband assure me my colour is good. Dressed in my normal clothes and not the pajamas I currently favour, I look reasonably well – for a middle-aged woman who also has spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital neuromuscular condition.

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From the Booster
Community Comes Together to Support Humboldt Victims

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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

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From the Booster
Hospice Roadshow Comes to Camrose

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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.

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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 BBCDr Kathryn Mannix explains why we should all talk about dying

From Huffpost
Compassion Fatigue is a Reality Of Dementia Caregiving

From HuffpostCompassion Fatigue is a Reality Of Dementia Caregiving

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

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

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

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

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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From ehospice
The role of palliative care when caring for children with cancer

From ehospiceThe role of palliative care when caring for children with cancer
"Let us remember that whilst we strive for a cure, the importance of quality care, such as palliative care, is vital in the ongoing continuum of care for children with cancer.”

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 Global News
What dying children taught their doctor about living

From Global NewsWhat dying children taught their doctor about living
We often learn secrets to living a good life from seniors. But kids with terminal illnesses have great wisdom too. Laurel Gregory reports on what dying children have taught a Canadian mother and a South African doctor about living.

Dr. Alastair McAlpine has a perspective on life many aspire to but it’s one he’s earned doing a heart-wrenching job.
McAlpine cares for children in their dying days at Paedspal, a paediatric palliative program in Cape Town, South Africa. His name exploded around the world this month after he posted a profound series of tweets detailing what his patients – aged four to nine years old – valued most in life.

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

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

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

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

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From ehospice
Animal assisted therapy shown to reduce stress in children with cancer

From ehospiceAnimal assisted therapy shown to reduce stress in children with cancer

A recently published study reveals that animal assisted therapy helps to reduce stress and improve communication for children with cancer.

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From the Camrose Canadian
Hospice offers many programs

From the Camrose CanadianHospice offers many programs

The Hospice Society of Camrose and District is not letting the lack of a building stop them from delivering critical services to the community.

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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 National GeographicKiwi Coffin Club Throws Glitter on the Idea of Dying

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

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

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 ehospice
How Health Care Providers Can Ensure Patients’ End-of-Life Wishes Are Known

From ehospiceHow Health Care Providers Can Ensure Patients’ End-of-Life Wishes Are Known

A downloadable fact sheet has been created alongside the recent publication of The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief which provides 10 facts about children's suffering and need for palliative care.

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From ehospice
The Lancet Commission: 10 Facts About Children’s Suffering and Need for Palliative Care

From ehospiceThe Lancet Commission: 10 Facts About Children’s Suffering and Need for Palliative Care

A downloadable fact sheet has been created alongside the recent publication of The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief which provides 10 facts about children's suffering and need for palliative care.

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From Canadian Virtual Hospice
World Health Organization Palliative Care Fact sheet

From Canadian Virtual HospiceWorld Health Organization Palliative Care Fact sheet

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