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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / maid-in-canada-an-update-on-how-changes-have-affected-patients-and-practitioners

MAID in Canada: An update on how changes have affected patients and practitioners 

Dying With Dignity Canada hosted the World Federation of Right to Die Societies International Conference in Toronto from November 3 - 6, 2022. Drs. Stefanie Green and Ellen Wiebe led a session on MAID in Canada: An update on how changes have affected patients and practitioners. This is a summary...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / the-talk-and-advance-care-planning

‘The Talk’ and Advance Care Planning

Who hasn’t dreaded “The Talk” in their life – whether you are giving or receiving the sex talk as a parent or adolescent, it is seldom a comfortable experience. But it is necessary and should not be avoided.  And of course, there is another “Talk” which is equally uncomfortable to many...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / meeting-judith-rockert

Meeting Judith Rockert before her medically assisted death

On Friday, June 17, 2022, Judith Rockert invited three staff members and one camera person from Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) into her Toronto home for an intimate conversation about her choice to access medical assistance in dying (MAID).

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / pr_mature_minors

Mature minors and MAID: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

In many jurisdictions across Canada, mature minors already have the right to make important decisions regarding their care.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / lizzie_story

Lizzie’s story: “Finally, I have some control over what is happening to me.”

Jeanie Gagnon’s Aunt Lizzie lived a long and full life before intolerable suffering led her to make the decision to access medical assistance in dying. In unspeakable pain and robbed of the ability to do the activities she loved most, Lizzie was unwavering in her choice. In this special Dying...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / maid_organ_donation

Medical assistance in dying and organ donation

In recognition of Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, we interviewed Dr. Jennifer Hancock — a critical care physician and a donation physician for Nova Scotia’s organ donation organization, Legacy of Life — about medical assistance in dying and organ donation.   Please tell us a little about yourself and your medical practice  I am...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / bill_c7_royal_assent

A triumph of compassion and choice: Bill C-7 receives Royal Assent

Last night, Bill C-7 became the law of the land! After the late evening Senate passage of the bill, the acting Governor General and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court signed Bill C-7 into law. This morning, we applaud the triumph of compassion and choice that this change brings Canadians....

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / sylvia_blog

Sylvia’s story: How supporting my husband’s choice has changed my life

The option of an 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 what happens to the loved ones of the people who make that choice?  When it comes to grief and bereavement, everyone's...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / ron_walkwithme

Please Come, Walk with Me

Dr. Ron Posno, age 80, is a tireless advocate for the right to end-of-life choice. In this moving piece, he shares his experience living with dementia and his personal perspective on Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation.   I am an eighty-year-old man... with dementia... and when I’m ready,...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / donate-fall-d2d

Yes, I support end-of-life choice and care in Canada

For many people, Canada’s current assisted dying law is cruel, inhumane, inaccessible and unconstitutional. We need your help to change that.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / yukon-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in the Yukon

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in the Yukon To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or territorial health and social services organization . Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / paul_morck_story

Paul’s story: How my wife was denied her end-of-life choice

In this powerful post for the Dying With Dignity Canada blog, Calgary’s Paul Morck opens up about his wife Barbara’s struggle to access her wish of a medically assisted death. This is the story of my Barbie Doll’s battle with bladder cancer and our frustration with trying to access medical...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / saskatchewan-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Saskatchewan

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Saskatchewan To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or local health authority. 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 / education-resources / quebec-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Quebec

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Quebec To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or local Integrated Health and Social Services Centres (CISSS). Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / newfoundland-and-labrador-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Newfoundland and Labrador

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Newfoundland and Labrador 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...

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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 / remembering_ab

A.B., the first person in Ontario to be granted a physician-assisted death, hoped he wouldn’t be the last

When A.B., a terminally ill 81-year-old grandfather, became the first person in Ontario to be granted a physician-assisted death, there was not a dry eye in the courtroom. The man—a self-proclaimed lover of life, poet, and avid sports fan—had been given the “right of human dignity” after his advanced stage...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / reclaiming-cultural-teachings-about-mortality-grief-loss-death-and-dying

Reclaiming cultural teachings about mortality, grief, loss, death and dying

One Anishinaabekwe’s perspective on death and dying  Kwey kwey, my name is Chrystal Waban Toop and I am a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. I am a proud Anishinaabekwe and very honoured to be occupying space on the Dying With Dignity Canada blog. A member of the rural...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / jean_and_don_story

My wife wanted her choice of a peaceful death to be shared. This is our story.

Winnipeg’s Jean Ayre believed passionately in a more loving and caring world, and throughout her 86 years of life, she did everything in her power to make that belief a reality. It’s no surprise, then, that on her final day — the day she said “yes” to a medically assisted...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / volunteering-is-empathy-in-action-celebrating-national-volunteer-week-2022

Volunteering is empathy in action: Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2022

Every day, Dying With Dignity Canada volunteers contribute to our mission and commitment to improving quality of dying and protecting end-of-life rights. Across the country, over 200 people give their time and skills to our work. The resources we offer and the achievements we have made would not have been...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / pr_mental_disorder

MAID for those with a mental disorder: A deep dive into the issues of the Parliamentary Review

Updated in 2023 Note from DWDC: If your sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder, you are not eligible to apply for medical assistance in dying (MAID) until March 17, 2027. Learn more.  On March 17, 2021, Bill C-7 received Royal Assent, a huge milestone for medical assistance in...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / do-you-know-someone-who-was-denied-medical-assisted-in-dying

Release: Do you know someone who was denied medical assisted in dying?

NATIONAL - Researchers from the University of Ottawa are recruiting participants for a study gathering experiences on belief-based denial of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is a partner in the study, along with Dying With Dignity Canada. 

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / maid-and-spirituality-a-jewish-perspective

MAID and spirituality: A Jewish perspective

Canada has one of the most progressive and accessible assisted dying laws in the world. The Supreme Court of Canada recognized medical assistance in dying as a constitutionally-protected right in 2015. We know that 87% of Canadians support the right to medical assistance in dying for those who meet the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / nova-scotia-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Nova Scotia

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Nova Scotia 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...

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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 / kristen_story

Kristen’s story: Will my mother be denied end-of-life choice like my grandmother was?

In this blog post, Edmonton's Kristen Kizlyk describes how a dementia diagnosis ultimately changed the course of her grandmother's life. Her final memories of her grandmother — her "shining light" — are full of pain and suffering. Kristen hopes her mother, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, will...

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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 / post / sylvia_story

Sylvia’s story: My husband’s assisted death was peaceful and completely on his own terms

Dr. Doug Henshaw lived a life full of colour and adventure. He was a brilliant surgeon and a pioneer in life — and in death. His decision to access medical assistance in dying in September 2016 made him one of the first Nova Scotians to choose this newly available option....

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / manitoba-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Manitoba

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Manitoba 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 / education-resources / prince-edward-island-navigating-a-request-for-medical-assistance-in-dying

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Prince Edward Island

Navigating a request for medical assistance in dying in Prince Edward Island To begin the process of requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID), it is recommended that you speak with your health care provider or local health authority. Alternatively, you can contact Dying With Dignity Canada’s Support team at support@dyingwithdignity.ca...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / final-report-amad

The Final Report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying

On February 15, 2023, the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying tabled their Final Report.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / removing-barriers-to-medical-assistance-in-dying-dying-with-dignity-canada-and-the-quebec-association-for-the-right-to-die-with-dignity-call-on-the-federal-government-to-advance-maid-legislation

Release: Removing barriers to medical assistance in dying: Dying With Dignity Canada and the Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity call on the federal government to advance MAID legislation

TORONTO and MONTREAL, April 11, 2023 - Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) and the Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity (AQDMD) call for a rapid response to the report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD). 

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / looking-back-a-history-of-attitudes-toward-death-and-dying

Looking Back: A History of Attitudes Toward Death and Dying

On March 31, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by Olga Nikolajev to learn about looking back: a history of attitudes toward death and dying. Attitudes towards death and dying have shifted and changed throughout history. Individual situations can affect one’s attitudes, however there are also social factors that influence how we view death and dying. 

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / tammy_story

Tammy’s story: How I’m creating space in my Vietnamese family to talk about death, dying, and end of life

Advance care planning involves having difficult discussions that require individuals to navigate often complex aspects of culture and family relationships. In this special Dying With Dignity Canada blog post, supporter and volunteer Tammy Pham talks about how she’s opening up space for conversations about death and dying within her Vietnamese-Canadian...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / parliamentary-review

Parliamentary Review

Everything you need to know about the Parliamentary Review of Canada’s medical assistance in dying legislation.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / maid-and-spirituality-an-anglican-perspective

MAID and spirituality: An Anglican perspective

Canada has one of the most progressive and accessible assisted dying laws in the world. The Supreme Court of Canada recognized medical assistance in dying as a constitutionally-protected right in 2015. We know that 87% of Canadians support the right to medical assistance in dying for those who meet the...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / navigating-death-and-dying-in-ontario

Navigating Death and Dying in Ontario

On July 19, Dying With Dignity Canada was joined by Diane Gwartz and Dr. Gerald Ashe to discuss what they do, common misconceptions about the medical assistance in dying (MAID) process, general attitudes toward death and dying, and local resources to help navigate grief.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / qa_oct2020

Q&A on grief, MAID and preparing for a loved one’s scheduled death

86% of Canadians support the right to medical assistance in dying.   But even if they stand firmly behind the decision, caregivers, family members and friends can still experience a great sense of loss when someone chooses to end their suffering voluntarily. Knowing what to expect throughout the provision and how to prepare may help ease some of the anxiety and fears.   On October 29, Dying With Dignity Canada presented a special...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / conference_caring_for_yourself_recording_november2021

Caring for yourself as an advocate

On November 18, the Dying With Dignity Canada team was joined by Oceana Sawyer to learn about caring for yourself as an advocate in an "experiential" and interactive webinar. Resources: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa MenakemThe Body Keeps the Score:...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / page / local-chapters

Local Chapters

Dying With Dignity Canada’s local Chapters support our work in several ways. They serve as Independent Witnesses for assisted dying requests in their communities. They host workshops on patient rights and Advance Care Planning – provoking thoughtful discussions about death and dying.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / linda_wills

Linda Crabtree: Why we are writing Dying With Dignity Canada into our wills

Writer and advocate Linda Crabtree, C.M., O.Ont., candidly shares how her mother's intolerable suffering with dementia led her to join Dying With Dignity Canada — and why she's making the commitment to protecting Canadians' end-of-life rights for years to come. Seven years ago, I watched my mother slowly starve herself...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / a_witness_to_choice

Dr. David Amies: Acting as a witness to choice

Dr. David Amies, an active volunteer in Dying With Dignity Canada’s Independent Witness program, describes what it’s like to serve in this role and to help break down barriers facing Canadians who want an assisted death. In June 2016, Canada joined the small but growing number of countries that have...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / journeys_with_choice_november_2017

Journeys with choice: Four Canadians share their experiences with assisted dying — Nov. 27, 2017

What is it like to have a loved one access their right to a peaceful death? It’s a delicate question, one that relatively few Canadians are equipped to answer. Four Canadians who supported a loved one through a MAID journey shared their personal stories as part of a Nov. 27,...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / tracy_story

Tracy’s story: My mother’s choice of an assisted death provided a lesson in bravery

In this powerful testimonial, Ontario's Tracy Kelly writes about her beloved and brave mother's choice of a medically assisted death after a terminal cancer diagnosis. To look at her, you might never think that she was brave. She didn't see herself that way either. Preferring the simple life of being surrounded...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / education-resources / exploring-the-experience-of-supporting-a-loved-one-through-a-medically-assisted-death

Exploring the experience of supporting a loved one through a medically assisted death

On September 19, the Toronto Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada and MAiDHouse were joined by Gaellen Kalles-Chan, and Colleen Ellis to talk about the experience of supporting a loved one through a medically assisted death.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / frances_story

Frances’ story: My reflection on my mom’s assisted death

Frances’ mother lived a full life, moving from a small town in Quebec to Alberta after her marriage. She was dedicated to her family and loved her grandchildren dearly. After leukemia and other ongoing health issues, she decided to access MAID in 2019. In this blog, Frances shares her thoughts...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / paul_and_liana_story

My husband wanted his choice to be part of his legacy. This is our story.

Since Canada's assisted dying law passed one year ago, there has been only one confirmed case of a medically assisted death on the tiny province of Prince Edward Island. It was Paul Couvrette's. Before embarking on his "new adventure," Paul asked his beloved wife, Liana, to share the story of their...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / post / judy_story

Judy’s story: I support advance requests for assisted dying because my husband’s last years were horrifying

When Brian was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Parkinson's, he and his wife, Judy, read everything they could about his disease and his prognosis. They wanted to be ready and to know what to expect. Sadly, nothing could have prepared them for a reality that was far worse than they had...

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / growing-number-of-canadians-getting-maid

Growing number of Canadians getting MAID

Drs. Bureau and Downar is talk to Matt Galloway about the facts and reality of who is accessing MAID in Canada and counter the myriad of misinformation circulating about this end-of-life choice available to eligible Canadians.

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https://dyingwithdignity.ca / media-center / what-is-maid

What is MAID?

A fact sheet with general information about medical assistance in dying in Canada.

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