The Many Reasons That I Celebrate Front-line Caregivers

“Singers sing, painters paint, and I am a hospice aide and I care. I love it. It is what I do… It is what I have to do.” Terry, a hospice aide October is the month to celebrate personal support workers1 in several provinces in Canada. In the US, the contributions of hospice aides and […]

September …..

September… The end of summer, the beginning of a new year (school), and for some… a time when the time felt like it stopped and life changed. My heart and prayers go out to the many people affected by the wild fires, the floods and the other disasters and dangers. As I sit in my […]

Medical Assistance in Dying – One Year Later

In the year since Bill C-14 passed, legalizing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), over 1300 Canadians have exercised their right to die[1] [2]. Depending on your feelings about this topic, this may feel like a large or small number. It terms of total deaths, MAiD accounts for approximately 0.6% of the total number of deaths […]

5 Key “Do Not Miss” Concepts from the HPCO, SLPNA and CLPNA Conferences

Find meaning when caring for the dying – David Irvine, author of “Caring is Everything”, spoke about providing care and supporting his brother Hal, a beloved family physician, from diagnosis through to death. His book contains exquisite reflections, compassionate tributes, and insightful learning about the importance of finding meaning while providing care. David has spent […]

The emerging role of the End-of-Life Guide and Death Doula

Guest post by Deanna Cochran All over the world, people are coming forward who want to accompany and guide others through the end of life. Some of these people are in traditional roles of nurse, physician, chaplain, etc. working through hospices and hospitals. However, there is a phenomenon happening now; people with the calling to […]

Hospice and Palliative Care Conference Calendar

Are you attending any of these upcoming hospice, palliative, end of life care conferences? This is our schedule. Let’s meet up and talk!   ABHES Conference in Palm Desert February 22-24, 2017 Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California USA Visit us at the exhibit booth. Take […]

Once upon a time, there were competencies

Once upon a time, competencies were developed for health care providers in palliative and end of life care. There were competencies written for nurses, health care workers (nursing assistants, personal support workers, hospice aides), physicians and social workers, and others. There were competencies developed in many lands, in Ireland and the United States, in Nova […]