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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_assisted_dying_in_switzerland_february2022

Assisted dying in Switzerland

Assisted dying in Switzerland On February 9, 2022, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Dr. Erika Preisig to learn about assisted dying in Switzerland. * Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is grateful to have the participation of several diverse speakers and presenters in our webinar series. Please note that the nuanced views...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / assisted_dying_around_the_world_recording_september2021

Assisted dying around the world

Over the past twenty years, assisted dying legislative practices have expanded around the world. Jenna Carter, the granddaughter of Kay Carter, gave a presentation exploring global trends and shifting public perceptions surrounding the practice.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / assisted_dying_is_not_suicide

Why medically assisted dying is not suicide

Assisted dying, physician-assisted death, medical assistance in dying. These are some of the terms our spokespeople use when they give a presentation or interview about Canadians’ right to die with the help of a doctor. Absent from the list is a familiar phrase that’s overstayed its welcome in the North...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / your_health_care_team_recording_july2021

Your health care team: Spotlight on nurse practitioners

In this webinar, DWDC was joined by nurse practitioners Valerie Cooper and Elizabeth Leonardis, who shared their insights, experiences and perspectives related to end-of-life care. Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so you can jump straight to the questions and answers that interest you most. Just select "Watch on YouTube" above, and read...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / dementia_feb2021

Dementia, MAID, and other end-of-life options

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) hosted an in-depth discussion on end-of-life options for Canadians living with dementia. Topics included: Access to medical assistance in dying for Canadians living with dementiaThe changes proposed in Bill C-7 that will impact accessDying With Dignity Canada’s advocacy efforts in relation...

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FAQ

FAQ Answering your frequently asked questions. FAQ Medical assistance in dying (MAID) FAQ Donations FAQ Volunteering Didn't find the answer you'relooking for? Contact us

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / myths-and-facts-medical-assistance-in-dying-maid-in-canada

Myths and Facts – Medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada  

Myths and Facts Medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada Canada’s assisted dying law is currently under review by the Parliament of Canada’s Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). The Committee is considering five issues, including advance requests, MAID for mature minors and those whose sole condition...

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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 / language-matters

Language matters: Why we use the term ‘medical assistance in dying’

The objective of this blog post is to clarify the specific term we use regarding assisted dying here in Canada. Language matters, and by learning the correct terms to use when discussing health care and end-of-life choice, we can be clear about our wishes, and avoid misunderstandings or offending anyone....

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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 with...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_death_and_writing_recording_november2021

Death and writing: Writing obituaries

On November 4, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Sandra Martin, award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, to learn about death and writing. Speaker: Sandra Martin, an award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, is the author of the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / carol_advance_requests

Opinion: Why I believe advance requests for assisted dying must be allowed

In 2017, Calgary’s Carol Abbott-Wolfson watched her husband, Gerald, and her Aunt Marion suffer horrific deaths. Neither were able to exercise their right to an assisted death because of the law’s requirement that a person be competent at the time of the procedure. If the law allowed advance requests for...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / our-history

Our History

Our history Defending access to quality end-of-life choice and care for over 40 years. For over 40 years, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) has been defending access to quality end-of-life choice and care. The road to choice has been long and winding – full of challenges and setbacks, progress and...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_palliative_care_january2022

Palliative care

On January 20, Dr. BJ Miller sat down with the team at Dying With Dignity Canada to discuss palliative care. 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 with CC...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying

With the legalization of medical assistance in dying in June 2016, Canadians were granted another option at end of life — but confusion over interpreting the law and understanding the process can lead to unnecessary obstacles for people and their loved ones. The following information can help you navigate a request for medical assistance in dying.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / year_in_review_recording_december2021

A year in review: Access to choice after Bill C-7

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, CEO Helen Long presented a year in review – the last webinar of the year!  During this webinar, audience members learned about: Dying With Dignity Canada’s accomplishments in 2021The challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2022 Tip: We've uploaded timestamps so you can jump straight...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada

2020 Poll: Support for medically-assisted dying in Canada

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Dying with Dignity Canada. A sample of 3,502 Canadians aged 18 years and over was interviewed on the Ipsos I-Say Panel from January 21 - 27, 2020.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / program

Program

Program Full schedule of events. Wednesday November 2 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  World Right to Die Reception and Remarks Watch Live Recording Thursday November 3 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  WFRTDS General Assembly Rob Jonquière, Executive Director, WFRTDS Agenda 1. Welcome  7. Motions 2. Minutes 2021 8. WF Terminology 3. New Societies 9....

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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 / 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 / page / past-priorities

Past Priorities

Past priorities Previous organizational priorities and their outcomes.  We have come a long way in the defense of end-of-life rights in Canada. While we continue to advocate for those unable to access their constitutional rights, we cannot forget about what we have accomplished.  Current priorities Dying With Dignity Canada advocates...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / intro_advancecareplanning_jan2021

Introduction to Advance Care Planning

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) sat down with Susan Desjardins, Board Member, and one of the founding members of the DWDC Ottawa Chapter, for a one-hour webinar on Advance Care Planning.  In this recording, you will learn how to:  Consider your values, beliefs, and preferences for future health care Decide who you would...

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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 / education-resources / the_future_of_alzheimers_recording_september2021

The future of Alzheimer’s and end-of-life care in Canada

One in five Canadians has experience caring for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Further, the prevalence of dementia more than doubles every five years for Canadians age 65 and older, from less than one per cent for those age 65 to 69 to about 25 per cent for those...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / remembering_audrey_parker

Halifax’s Audrey Parker ‘changed the national conversation’ around assisted dying, Dying With Dignity Canada says

Audrey Parker, the Halifax woman who spent the last weeks of her life raising awareness about the challenges facing Canadians who have been assessed and approved for assisted dying, “changed the national conversation” around end-of-life choice, Dying With Dignity Canada says. Parker, 57, died with medical assistance on Thursday, two...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / next_frontier

Dr. David Amies: The next frontier for assisted dying in Canada

In this blog post, Dr. David Amies takes a look at the groups of Canadians who are harmed by the late-stage consent requirement in Canada's assisted dying law. The story of Halifax’s Audrey Parker is back in the news again, following the launch of a Dying With Dignity Canada campaign in...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / marion_story

Marion’s story: Why I want advance requests for assisted dying

In this moving testimonial, British Columbia’s Marion Janssen recounts the end-of-life experiences of her grandparents and parents. After watching three loved ones — her mother, father, and grandmother — suffer with dementia, Marion knows she does not want the same ending for herself. That’s why, she writes, she believes advance...

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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 right...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / priscillacole

Priscilla’s last lesson: ‘No one has the right to stop us from dying’

Priscilla Cole had one last lesson to teach before she died. A lifelong educator, she had devoted her career to instilling others with knowledge and the confidence to put it to good use. Among her pupils were the youngsters she taught at a private girls’ school in Toronto, the students...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / mature_minors_assisted_dying

Dr. David Amies: Is it right to forbid mature minors access to assisted dying?

In his latest post for the DWDC blog, Dr. David Amies examines the Council of Canadian Academies’ report on the possible implications of extending assisted dying access to mature minors. In this piece, he asks a difficult but necessary question: is it fair to allow an 80-year-old with terminal cancer...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / release-new-campaign-calls-for-audreys-amendment-to-canadas-assisted-dying-law

Release: New campaign calls for Audrey’s Amendment to Canada’s assisted dying law  

As part of a new campaign honouring Halifax’s Audrey Parker, Dying With Dignity Canada is calling on federal lawmakers to make an urgently needed fix to Canada’s assisted dying rules.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / justine_story

Justine’s story: Chronic pain has left me in a prison of my own existence

In this powerfully written blog post, Justine from Ontario shares how her daily chronic pain has stripped her of any quality of life. Suffering with pain that feels like “literal torture,” Justine has applied for a medically assisted death, but was formally denied because she does not meet one requirement...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / poll-support-for-medically-assisted-dying-in-canada-2

2021 Poll: Support for medically-assisted dying in Canada

Canadians continue to be supportive of MAID, and also towards changes to existing legislation to give Canadians control over how they approach end-of-life issues and decisions.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / regional_spotlight_quebec_recording_october2021

Regional Spotlight: Death and dying in Quebec

Dr. Benjamin Schiff, MD and Assistant Professor, and Dr. Georges L’Espérance, FRCS(c), M. Sc. (Adm. Serv. Santé), Neurosurgeon, joined us to discuss various topics surrounding death and dying in Quebec. Some focal points included: General attitudes towards death and dying in QuebecCommon misconceptions about medical assistance in dying (MAID)Information and local resources to...

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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 / education-resources / conference_live_your_legacy_recording_november2021

Live your Legacy: Lessons and ideas from a good life and death

On November 2, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Chelsea Peddle to learn about reframing the idea of legacy. In this recording, Chelsea shares some traditional ideas, including her mother's book, and talks about creating a living legacy through values and relationships. Resources: Willow end-of-life education and...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / mental_disorder_assisted_dying

Dr. David Amies: Exploring assisted dying for individuals whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder

In his penultimate post for the DWDC blog, Dr. David Amies examines the Council of Canadian Academies’ report on the possible implications of extending assisted dying access to individuals whose sole underlying medical condition is psychiatric in nature. It is safe to say there has been some discussion about the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / dying-with-dignity-canada-applauds-ontario-appeal-court-decision-on-assisted-dying

Dying With Dignity Canada applauds Ontario appeal court decision on assisted dying

An appeal court decision to uphold the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) policy on effective referral for assisted dying is a victory for patients’ rights in the province, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) says. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario announced its ruling in a constitutional...

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Jana Buhlmann: Why I’m speaking out about hospice care and assisted dying

In this post for the Dying With Dignity Canada blog, Jana Buhlmann, who supported her husband on his assisted dying journey last year, writes a thoughtful reflection on hospices that refuse to offer medical assistance in dying (MAID). She also contemplates how she and others might use their voices to effect...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / no_tug_of_war

Dr. David Amies: No tug of war between palliative care and assisted dying

In his latest post for Dying With Dignity Canada’s blog, Dr. David Amies responds to an offensive, incendiary column written by National Post columnist Barbara Kay, in which she insults supporters of assisted dying and the thoughtful, compassionate clinicians who provide it. He also reiterates an important point that is...

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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 / owen_story

Marj’s story: My husband got the death he wanted – but getting there wasn’t easy

The option of a medically assisted death can be a source of hope and relief for Canadians who are suffering intolerably as the result of a severe medical condition. But certain elements of our assisted dying rules are harming the very people they're meant to protect. Take Owen, an Okanagan...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / medical-assistance-in-dying-around-the-world

Medical assistance in dying around the world

Dying With Dignity Canada was pleased to host the 2022 World Federation of Right to Die Societies (WFRTDS) International Conference in Toronto November 2 - 5, 2022. In recognition of the event, we will share a series of blog posts about assisted dying around the world, about the WFRTDS, and...

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Dr. David Amies: Exploring advance requests for assisted dying

In his final post for the DWDC blog, Dr. David Amies examines the Council of Canadian Academies’ report on the possible implications of extending assisted dying access to individuals whose right to choice is threatened by the ban on advance requests. Regular readers of this blog will know that the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / ruling-in-ontario-assisted-dying-case-a-victory-for-patients-rights-dying-with-dignity-canada-says

Ruling in Ontario assisted dying case ‘a victory for patients’ rights,’ Dying With Dignity Canada says

Dying With Dignity Canada is celebrating an Ontario court decision to uphold provincial regulation that requires doctors who oppose assisted dying to connect patients who request it with a non-objecting provider or agency. The ruling comes in response to a court challenge against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s...

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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 / education-resources / alberta-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Alberta

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Alberta To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or provincial MAID team. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca or 1-844-395-3640....

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / jana_lessons

I supported my husband on his assisted dying journey. This is what I learned.

In early November, Jana Buhlmann wrote a powerful entry for the DWDC blog about her husband, Chris, who had a medically assisted death in September 2017. In her follow-up post, Jana reflects on the resistance Chris faced from people in his life who opposed his end-of-life choice — and the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / johanna_story

My husband died too soon because of the ban on advance requests for assisted dying

In this powerfully candid entry for the DWDC blog, British Columbia’s Johanna Clark remembers her husband Neil’s final months following a lung cancer diagnosis in 2017. Neil accessed his wish of a medically assisted death in May 2018, with the heartbreaking knowledge that he could have lived for longer. Neil,...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / court-challenge-against-ontario-assisted-dying-policy-goes-to-appeal

Court challenge against Ontario assisted dying policy goes to appeal

The top court in Ontario has agreed to hear an appeal into a legal challenge against a regulation that protects patient access to assisted dying in the province.  In January, the Superior Court of Justice decided that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) policy on effective referral for...

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