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Grief and medical assistance in dying (MAID)

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 03:00 PM

We will be joined by three individuals with experience in the area of grief and MAID. 

  • Is the grief experienced following a MAID death different than what is experienced when a death is unexpected? 
  • What are the common myths and misconceptions about grief and MAID?

We will explore this and more during this webinar.

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Speakers:

Sylvia Henshaw, a retired nurse, is a member of DWDC’s First Person Advocates’ Initiatives Council. Her husband, Douglas, accessed MAID in 2016. Since that time, Sylvia has frequently spoken and written about their experience.  

Dr. Jyothi Jayaraman is a Palliative Care Physician who has been a MAID provider and assessor since 2016. Dr. Jayaraman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice and an Associate Member, Department of Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C.  

Jamie Foley is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC) and Spiritual Care Coordinator based in Kitchener, Ontario. He is a registered psychotherapist (CRPO).  


Date and Time: MondayMay 10, 2021

3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Monday, May 10, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on May 10 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


We will be joined by two Indigenous Elders who will speak on various Indigenous traditions and beliefs related to death, dying and grief, as well as how dying people and those who are grieving are supported.

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Speakers:

Elder Elva Jamieson

Elder Jo-Anne Gottfriedson is involved with First Nations Health Authority as an Elder Cultural Worker and has assisted with the development of the End of Indigenous Life Journey Kit. She is also currently the Resident Elder for Camp Kerry, a non-profit organization specializing in bereavement care. She is extremely proud to be Tk’emlu’psemc.  


Date and Time: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on May 19 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


How to be there for someone who is grieving

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 03:00 PM

During this webinar, we will learn from Dr. Melissa Melnitzer about the do’s and don'ts of being there for someone who is grieving. DWDC volunteer, Jenny Hasselman, will share her personal experience with grief following the death of her mom in 2018.

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Speakers:

Dr. Melissa Melnitzer is a physician who practices both mental health and palliative care. She is a writer, speaker, and facilitator of therapeutic writing workshops.  

Jenny Hasselman is a volunteer with DWDC’s First-Person Advocates’ Initiatives Council. Her journey with MAID began in July 2018 with the death of her mom.  


Date and Time: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on May 26 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


In this webinar, grief counsellor, Lisa Robinson, will discuss how to best understand and support a child through grief and how to honour their unique experiences.

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Speaker:

Lisa Robinson, MSW, RSW, Grief Counsellor


Date and Time: Monday, May 31, 2021

3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Monday, May 31, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on May 31 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speaker. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


Cultural humility and grief

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 03:30 PM

Grieving is a very individual and personalized experience. It is influenced and shaped, not just by who or what we are grieving, but rather by our very essence of who we are, and how we’ve lived our lives. All that we experience creates within us what is referred to as ‘personal culture.’ With the incredible diversity of people that span our world, and the progressive domains with which diversity is defined today, we can no longer put people in categorical boxes with how they grieve, and/or how they are supported in their bereavement. The approach to grief needs to be aligned with the uniqueness of every individual, an engagement known as the Culturally Humble approach.  

In this talk we will explore:

  • What is Cultural Humility?
  • How does it infuse our grieving and state of bereavement?
  • By what means is it based on personal culture?
  • Where has ‘Cultural Competence’ failed?

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Speaker:

Rami Shami has been serving within Hospice Palliative Care for over three decades. He feels privileged to practice as a consultant as well as Case Manager for the Second Mile Club at Kensington Health, and the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for Lighthouse for Grieving Children. While harvesting a conviction that everyone should have access to quality Hospice Palliative Care, Rami strongly advocates and supports the development and growth of programs and services for those travelling the journey of a life-limiting illness, their caregivers, and those who are bereaved.


Date and Time: Wednesday,June 9, 2021

3:30 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on June 9 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speaker. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.