Assisted dying is a right in Canada, but accessing it is anything but easy.
Every person who requests assisted dying encounters a barrage of obstacles separating them from the choice of a peaceful death. Some people overcome those obstacles. Others, through no fault of their own, fall short. Everyone’s experience is different.
For this instalment in Dying With Dignity Canada’s End in Mind Online Education Series, we will be featuring two speakers with personal experience supporting a loved one who requested medical assistance in dying (MAID). The courageous storytellers joining us for our July 24 webinar will be:
- Megan Greenberg of British Columbia, whose mother, Devorah, was forced to leave the publicly funded facility where she was living in order to access MAID
- Paul Morck of Alberta, whose wife, Barb, struggled to get a proper assessment for MAID before she lost the capacity to consent to the procedure
“Journeys with choice: Shining a light on barriers to assisted dying” will be hosted by Liana Brittain, the chair of Dying With Dignity Canada’s new First Person Witness Council. Since her late husband, Paul Couvrette, accessed assisted dying in May 2017, Liana has spoken out extensively about her husband’s choice and has become a leading advocate for people who have supported a loved one’s journey with MAID.
Space for this unique event is limited, so we encourage you to sign up without delay.
- Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
- Time: Noon Pacific/1 p.m. Mountain/2 p.m. Central/3 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Atlantic/4:30 p.m. Newfoundland
- Register using the following link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5291390213008464396
NOTE: Before the webinar takes place, you will be sent an email with information on how to log in. We encourage you to listen to the webinar using your computer audio. While a phone number is provided, please note that this is a local Toronto number and long-distance charges may apply. By listening through your computer, no charges will apply and you can participate fully in the conversation.
Although registration is open to all, only 500 people can attend the session at any given time. We suggest signing on five minutes early to have the best chance of joining the live session. If you aren't able to connect to the live session, rest assured that you'll receive an email with a link to the full recording in the following days.
Can’t attend on July 24? If you’re interested in this webinar but can’t commit to attending the live event, there is no need to worry. We will post a recording of it to the Past Webinars page on our website by July 31.
Questions for our speakers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day on Monday, July 22. We can’t guarantee that we will get to every one, but we will do our best to answer as many as we can.
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