What will I want or need at the end of life? Will I suffer pain and need medication to manage my symptoms? How can I let my family and friends know my wishes and preferences for end-of-life care? What help is available to me? Will I suffer from a chronic illness and feel like a burden to others? What decisions will I have to make?
Many Canadians find themselves asking these questions as they near end-of-life. They are unsure what to expect, leading them to ask how they want to die, and whether they should have more control over their dying. Recently, this has led to a focus on controversial issues, such as euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, rather than a focus on accessible and quality end-of-life care.
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association believe it’s time to focus on the right to high-quality hospice palliative care for all Canadians at the end of life.
We invite you to visit this resource page on the CHPCA website, which includes the following information and materials for hospice palliative care advocates:
- A printable information booklet
- A printable branded poster
- Printable postcards
- A tip sheet on how to engage the media
- A developing lexicon of helpful terms
- A webinar presentation: Let’s Talk about Hospice Palliative Care First
- The World Palliative Care Alliance position on euthanasia and physician assisted suicide