Medically assisted dying? First ensure universal access to Hospice Palliative Care

Medically assisted dying? First ensure universal access to Hospice Palliative Care

Life & Death Matters Post

Last June the B.C. Supreme Court struck down Canada’s ban on assisted suicide. The federal government launched an appeal. Yesterday Bill 52 was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly to legalize medically assisted dying.

This bill would allow a physician who receive the repeated consent of a patient to administer medication with the specific purpose of causing death. This is different than the laws in four US states where the physician writes an order the the patient fills the prescription and takes the medication themselves.

I support the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) as they stress “the need to  ensure that all Canadians have access to Hospice and Palliative Care before legalizing assisted dying.

This is the most important message to share with neighbours, friends, politicians, health care team members. For more information, clarification, definitions, go to “Let’s Talk About Hospice Palliative Care First” campaign at:

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  1. I was with my in laws as they left this world and returned to their spiritual home. I feel that their passing was eased by their remaining in their home of residence until that fate day arrived, and that only happened because I found a palliative care provider that eased them through the agony and pains that they were experiencing because of their ill conditions. My hats off to anyone who can allow a person to live life on terms that allow them some sort of quality of life without the trauma of a failing physical body.

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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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