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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / appalling_stories

Dr. David Amies: Appalling stories out of Alberta highlight the harms of forced transfers for assisted dying

Public healthcare facilities that ban assisted-dying services on their premises and force sick and frail patients to go elsewhere to access their right to choice are failing to provide patient-centred care, writes Dr. David Amies. Two distressing stories have appeared in the media recently concerning officials employed by Alberta’s Covenant...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / leann_forced_transfer

Advocating for her daughter, right to the end: A forced transfer story

At the age of 34, Leann’s oldest daughter Kayly made the decision to get assessed for medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / forced-transfers

Forced Transfers

On May 16, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by Daphne Gilbert, Dr. Ellen Wiebe, and Dr. Jyothi Jayaraman to explore forced transfers and its implications.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / release-dying-with-dignity-canada-launches-a-campaign-to-end-forced-transfers-in-b-c-s-publicly-funded-health-care-facilities

Release: Dying With Dignity Canada launches a campaign to end forced transfers in B.C.’s publicly funded health care facilities

Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) Metro Vancouver, Kelowna and Okanagan Chapters have launched a campaign to end forced transfers in B.C.’s publicly funded health care facilities.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / yvonne_story_part2

Yvonne’s story, Part 2: My mother’s forced transfer and struggle to access MAID

Part 2 of Yvonne’s story details what her mother went through during her last few months of life (you can read Part 1 here). It describes her ordeal with her decision to stay in the hospital in her Northern Ontario city so she could be visited by her friends. It...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / yvonne_story

Yvonne’s story, Part 1: My mother’s forced transfer and struggle to access MAID

This true two-part story details what Yvonne and her mother went through during her last few months of life. It describes her ordeal with her decision to stay in the hospital in her Northern Ontario city so she could be visited by her friends. It also describes her medical assistance...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / release-dwdc-camap-issue-joint-statement-on-forced-transfers-for-assisted-dying

Release: DWDC, CAMAP issue joint statement on forced transfers for assisted dying

DWDC and CAMAP demand that all publicly funded hospitals, hospices and long-term care homes respect and accommodate residents’ right to request, be assessed for and receive MAID, without the requirement to be transferred elsewhere.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / stop-forced-transfers-from-b-c-faith-based-facilities

Stop forced transfers from B.C. faith-based facilities

It’s time for the government of B.C. to require all publicly funded health care providers to allow medical assistance in dying in their facilities.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / stop-forced-transfers-bc-clinicians

Stop the transfer of hospice and long-term care beds to faith-based organizations

Tell the Premier and the Minister of Health to stop the transfer of hospice and long-term care beds to faith-based organizations.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_10_things_to_know_january2022

10 things to know about MAID in Canada

On January 13, 2022, the Dying With Dignity Canada team sat down with Jocelyn Downie for a breakdown of 10 things to know about MAID in Canada. Resources For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window. At the bottom...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / institutional-religious-obstructions

Institutional religious obstructions

An institutional religious obstruction occurs when an institution denies, blocks, or impedes a person’s legal right to health care, including medical assistance in dying, on religious grounds.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / institutional-religious-obstructions-bc

Institutional religious obstructions in British Columbia 

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is the national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering. We defend human rights by advocating for assisted dying rules that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / stop-institutional-religious-obstructions-canada

Stop institutional religious obstructions across Canada

People across Canada are being denied access to medical assistance in dying at publicly funded health care facilities.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / chantelle_story

Chantelle’s story: An open letter to Covenant Health

Chantelle delivered her daughter in Covenant Health Hospital, a religious healthcare facility. In this open letter she responds to an incident in 2017 when 66-year-old ALS patient Doreen Nowicki was assessed for medical assistance in dying (MAID) on an Edmonton sidewalk after Covenant Health abruptly rescinded permission to have it...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / year_in_review_dec2020

A year in review: End-of-life choice during COVID-19

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) heard from three clinicians about the experience of providing health and end-of-life care during COVID-19. Watch to learn about what has changed in the nine months since the start of the pandemic, and what it has been like to provide medical...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_bringing_up_maid_in_canada_january2022

Bringing up MAID in Canada

On January 11, the Dying With Dignity Canada team sat down with Caroline Variath and Dr. Tanja Daws to learn about the topic of bringing up MAID in Canada. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window.At the bottom...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / 30-years-after-sue-rodriguez-was-forced-to-break-the-law-to-end-her-suffering-canadians-with-grievous-medical-diagnoses-are-still-asking-who-owns-my-life

Release: 30 years after Sue Rodriguez was forced to break the law to end her suffering, Canadians with grievous medical diagnoses are still asking, “Who owns my life?”

Despite 82% support from Canadians across the country, and the approval of an all-party committee, advance requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID) remain illegal under the Criminal Code. Why is there no action from the government?

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / debra_story

Debra’s story: My father was forced to suffer for months before he could access assisted dying

It was a horrifying emotional and physical roller coaster that never seemed to end. Austin, an Ontario-based man whose last name has been withheld for privacy reasons, first made the request to die with medical assistance in late 2016, at the age of 89. Time and time again, his access was...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / peter-and-hayden

Peter and Hayden: Get to know the newest members of DWDC’s Board of Directors

Dying With Dignity Canada is governed by a diverse group of people who volunteer to participate on our Board of Directors. At our recent AGM, both Peter Godor, NP, and Dr. Hayden Rubensohn were elected to the board. We ask them to share a little bit about themselves and their...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / webinar-summary-c-7s-impact-and-what-comes-next

Webinar summary: C-7’s impact and what comes next

On Wednesday March 16, in recognition of the anniversary of Bill C-7, we gathered to hear what this significant legal change has meant for Canadians, and what the future of MAID in Canada could look like.   Panelists included: Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / get_to_know_cac

DWDC’s Clinician’s Advisory Council

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is grateful for the support of numerous stakeholder groups, one of which is our Clinician’s Advisory Council (CAC). This passionate group is made up of doctors and nurse practitioners from coast-to-coast who are experts in end-of-life care and advocates of choice.   In 2013, DWDC launched the CAC to...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / bill_c7_six_months_later_recording_september2021

Bill C-7: Six months later

Bill C-7 reached Royal Assent on March 17, 2021. The introduction of this new legislation included changes to eligibility for those accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID) and altered procedural safeguards. This free, online event, Bill C-7: Six months later, reflects on the impact of Bill C-7 on Canadians seeking...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / pr_palliative_care

The state of palliative care: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

DWDC fully supports continued federal investments into expanding access to and improving the quality of end-of-life care.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / board_2021

Get to know our Board of Directors

At Dying With Dignity Canada, our volunteer Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of people committed to protecting end-of-life rights and ensuring Canadians have access to quality end-of-life choice and care. Each one brings their own unique expertise and personal reason for giving their time to our charity. We asked them to answer a few questions so we could showcase some...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / position-statement-effective-referrals

Position Statement: Effective referrals

Position Statement: Effective referrals Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) strongly encourages all provincial/territorial regulatory bodies to consider the needs, and end-of-life wishes, of all patients and follow the lead of the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, all of which have policies that compel...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / journeys-at-end-of-life-a-palliative-care-physicians-experience

Journeys at end of life: A palliative care physician’s experience

Dr. Jyothi Jayaraman is a palliative care provider in Vancouver, B.C. In addition to participating in DWDC’s Palliative Care 101 webinar, Dr. Jayaraman offers further insight into the practice of palliative care and specific examples of what it can look like with different patients.  Palliative care is whole person care....

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / colette_story

Colette’s story: My mother fought for her right to assisted dying. This is her legacy.

Not long after Canada passed its assisted dying law in June 2016, British Columbia's Mary John submitted her request and was approved. But her joy over being able to die on her own terms quickly turned to additional pain and frustration when hospice staff repeatedly obstructed her access, needlessly prolonging...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / paul_choice

Liana Brittain: How Canada’s flawed assisted dying law led my husband to end his life earlier than he wanted

All Paul Couvrette wanted was more time. He had finally met and married the love of his life, and they had retired to their dream home by the sea on Prince Edward Island. But Paul's lifelong retirement dream was cut tragically short when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer not long after...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / don_journey5

Don’s journey: Another hospital visit

In January, Ottawa's Don Kent was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Suddenly faced with his own mortality at 56 years old, Don plans to pursue medical assistance in dying. In this very special blog series, he invites Dying With Dignity Canada supporters to follow along with him on his journey with cancer...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / megan_story

Megan’s story: My mother’s fight to have an assisted death in her own home

Dr. Devorah Greenberg was a lifelong social justice advocate. Ordinarily, the Simon Fraser University professor campaigned for the rights of others whose freedom or well-being was at risk. But her final campaign for social justice saw her fight for her own rights — in particular, her right to access medical...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_assisted_dying_in_united_states_january2022

Assisted dying in the United States

Assisted dying in the United States On January 27, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope to learn about assisted dying in the United States. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window.At...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / grief-maid-death-the-importance-of-storytelling

Grief, MAID, death: The importance of storytelling

The 2022 World Federation of Right To Die Societies International Conference was held in Toronto and hosted by Dying With Dignity Canada. Several speakers summarized their sessions to share on our website; this is Keri-Lyn Durant and Kathy Kortes-Miller's insight into digital storytelling. We live in stories, not statistics. Kathleen...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / on-anniversary-of-partners-death-vancouver-man-asks-why-local-hospital-still-wont-allow-maid

On anniversary of partner’s death, Vancouver man asks why local hospital still won’t allow MAID

Scott Harrison lost the love of his life, Christina Bates, who at age 53 was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. She was forced to be transferred to Vancouver General Hospital on the morning of Nov. 7, 2021 in order to fulfill her wish of medical assistance in dying (MAID)...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / get-the-facts-on-maid

Get the facts on MAID

As of March 17, 2021, when Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, the law no longer requires a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable to access medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / wendy_story

How being approved for an assisted death gave new life to my mother in her final days

British Columbia’s Jane Hamilton lived a quiet and fiercely independent life. A lifelong housekeeper, part-time health care aide, and hospice volunteer, Jane charmed her loved ones with her signature Mad magazine sense of humour, her green thumb, and her love of art, crossword puzzles, dogs, and books. After being diagnosed...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / ernest_story_2

Ernest’s story: Why MAID needs to be expanded

Content warning: This article contains mention of suicide.  Imagine being pricked with a needle every second, in different places, all over your body. Imagine it happening for an hour. Now try and imagine that happening for a week. For most people, the idea is horrifying. Now try to imagine that that's...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / costs_of_not_planning

“Leave a legacy, not a mess”: The costs of not preparing your Advance Care Plan

In this blog post, British Columbia’s Connie Jorsvik — a former registered nurse and current independent healthcare navigator and patient advocate — shares her thoughts on the financial and emotional costs of not preparing your Advance Care Plan. She also provides tips on how you can take care of yourself...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / ernest_story

Ernest’s story: I live in constant excruciating pain. But I don’t qualify for an assisted death.

Ernest Frederiksen, a man living in Alberta, has fibromyalgia. The excruciating pain he suffers daily has, in his own words, turned him into a shadow of his former self. Despite his suffering, however, Ernest has been denied medical assistance in dying because he does not meet certain requirements under Canada’s...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / stop-institutional-religious-obstructions-bc

Stop institutional religious obstructions in BC

British Columbians are being denied access to medical assistance in dying at publicly funded health care facilities across the province.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / regional_spotlight_eastern_canada_recording_june2021

Regional Spotlight: Death and dying in Eastern Canada

Clinicians and navigators from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia joined us to discuss various topics surrounding death and dying in Eastern Canada. Some focal points included: General attitudes towards death and dyingPalliative care resources and supportsInformation about medical assistance in dying (MAID). Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / the-anguish-of-prolonged-health-decline

The anguish of prolonged health decline

After attending a DWDC webinar, Ingrid reached out to share how much it had helped in the healing process of her mother’s long health decline, and death. “The pain of my mother’s death was sharp and deep. Her decline of health over many years has left a wound which still...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / my-husband-jimmies-alzheimers-journey

My husband Jimmie’s Alzheimer’s journey

My husband Jimmie and I have been advocating for advance requests for MAID since his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011. We joined the Dying With Dignity Canada family in 2016 just prior to the passage of the original MAID law in June of that year. Jimmie was still quite articulate at...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / alex_story

Alex’s story: A peaceful goodbye to a dear friend

DWDC Vancouver chapter co-chair Alex Muir met his friend Nancy while volunteering as an Independent Witness for those requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID). Nancy had decided to volunteer because of her personal battle with cancer in order to understand the process of accessing an assisted death. After years of...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / jana_story

Jana’s story: My husband’s assisted death spared him the suffering he feared most

When Jana Buhlmann's husband, Chris, celebrated his 41st birthday, it was a bittersweet occasion because they both knew it would be his last. The very next day, Chris was scheduled to have his medically assisted death. He struggled with the decision, but he knew his grim prognosis and the imminent...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / meaningful-end-of-life-care-integrating-mikmaw-knowledge-and-traditions-into-east-coast-health-care

Meaningful end-of-life care: Integrating Mi’kmaw knowledge and traditions into east coast health care 

Paulina Meader is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and the Health Director at Wije’winen Health Centre in Halifax. She is from Membertou First Nation, a Mi’kmaw reserve located in the traditional district of Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island. From birth, Paulina has been in the health care system. She was...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_palliative_care_quiz_yourself_january2022

Palliative care: Quiz yourself

On January 18, Nurse Practitioner Valerie Cooper asked participants a series of questions about palliative care, sparking discussion and improving understanding. For viewing subtitles in French: Click on the video to play, or open in YouTube in a separate window. At the bottom right of the screen is a block...

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