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 […]

What are your plans for Advance Care Planning/Healthcare Decisions Day?

National Advance Care Planning Day/National Healthcare Decisions Day are on April 16 We’re curious about what types of plans have been made for April 16th – National Advance Care Planning Day / National Healthcare Decisions Day. Leave us a comment to tell us what is (or isn’t) happening in your area. You’re not alone if […]

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 […]

How to easily integrate hospice palliative care content into core curriculum

A few weeks ago, I wrote about competencies for nurses, health care workers and health care professionals. Exploring the competencies helps me identify and select appropriate content for teaching. The competencies helped guide me as I wrote the nurses text and the PSW text. Can the competencies also help educators to integrate hospice palliative care […]

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 […]

New Award for a Compassionate Community Caregiver –

I am deeeelighted to announce, the new: Frances Montgomery Compassionate Communities Caregiver Award (Photo of Frankie and myself in Times Square in New York City a few years ago) Created and Sponsored by Life and Death Matters The Award This award celebrates the immense contributions of the social community in caring for people at end-of-life and […]