Introduction to Palliative Care

Conferences, workshops, and lectures are all important to attend either as a professional or as a student. This past Thursday, I attended an Introduction to Palliative Care conference through a local government health clinic. As a professional who works with older adults, and is witnessing the aging of clients, it is important to know what…

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End-of-life Rules to be set out in New Quebec Law

In the province of Quebec in Canada, Véronique Hivon, the Quebec minister responsible for implementing a report on dying with dignity, said this past Tuesday she hopes to present legislation setting out the rules for medically assisted end-of-life procedures in the province before the National Assembly adjourns for the summer. Jean-Pierre Ménard, a lawyer specializing in…

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Strength Can Come out of Tragedy…

This is worth reading and shows how out of tragedy, a family member continues to work as a nurse in a hospital…. A daughter launches an organization called Nursing the Future, where new nurses can come for support and guidance on how to become the type of nurse they want to be. http://www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca/English/News/PatientSafetyNews/Pages/A-daughter-honours-her-father-through-a-teaching-career-in-nursing.aspx?utm_source=mailoutinteractive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Improving+Care+Bulletin%2fBulletin+d%e2%80%99am%c3%a9lioration+des+soins

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End-of-Life Issues and the Topics Therein

by Victoria Brewster, MSW End-of-Life issues are almost a taboo subject in our society. This should not be the case in reality. In the cycle of life, in order for one to be born, one must die. In this case, die with dignity and with the ability that you prepared yourself, and loved ones, as…

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End-of-Life: When a Family Member Dies

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I am currently reading the book Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Micheal J. Fox. You might remember him from the show Family Ties, the Back to the Future movies and Doc Hollywood. He is a fellow Canadian who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 29…

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‘The Conversation’

by Victoria Brewster, MSW As professionals we are sometimes the ones to lead the conversation with clients, patients and their families. This is not the conversation you would have with your kids about the ‘birds and bees’, but another conversation that is really meant for and between adults. This does not mean that the kids…

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