Navigating death and dying in Ontario
Jul. 19 2022 | 03:00 PM EDT | National
As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s “Regional Spotlight” webinar series, we will speak with Diane Gwartz and Dr. Gerald Ashe about common misconceptions about the medical assistance in dying (MAID) process, general attitudes toward death and dying, and local resources to help navigate grief.
Diane Gwartz is a Nurse Practitioner and MAID assessor and provider. Diane graduated from the University of Toronto in 1985 and became an NP in 2000. For the past 4 years, Diane has been involved with community MAID work and has provided over 60 assessments and 25 provisions in that time. Diane also has a personal, familial connection to MAID; her own mother had an assisted death in 2018.
Dr. Gerald Ashe is a MAID Assessor and Provider. Dr. Ashe is a practicing family physician in Ontario with a special interest in Palliative Care. His previous experiences with dying and suffering patients ignited a passion in him for the “right to die” movement. Since Bill C-14’s passing, Dr. Ashe has served as a MAID assessor and provider which he views as an integral part of his family and palliative care practices.