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 webinar on grief, MAID, and preparing for a loved one’s scheduled death.
Through a series of questions and answers, Kelsey and Tanis discussed what happens during a MAID death, shed light on some common concerns and provided recommendations for moving forward. Attendees walked away with a deeper understanding of what they could do to support their loved ones’ decision and how to manage their own grief and emotions.
- Kelsey Goforth, Senior Program Manager, Dying With Dignity Canada
- Tanis Newsham, MSW, RSW, Psychosocial Program Specialist, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Provincial Team — Manitoba, Shared Health
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 in it. If you click on this icon, the Closed Captioning will be activated and a red line will appear under the CC icon.
- Next, you can change the language from the default English to French.
- Click on the gear icon just to the right of the CC icon.
- A list of choices will appear including Subtitles/CC. Click on this option and you will have a choice of 3 items.
- Choose "Auto-translate," then scroll down to find French in the list.