Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- November 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON
LOSING A PARENT
Losing a parent is difficult at any age. In this month’s eNews we highlight resources to help people live with the death of a parent and we offer tools for those supporting them.
CFL HALL OF FAMER REFLECTS ON HIS FATHER'S DEATH
Milt Stegall, the CFL's all-time touchdown leader, lost his father while he was still a teen. In this video, Milt talks movingly about what the loss taught him about dying, grief and a life's legacy. (6:04)

For Everyone
SUPPORT AFTER THE LOSS OF A PARENT

For Professionals
TOOLS TO SUPPORT THE GRIEVING

For Everyone
ASKED AND ANSWERED
  • How do we help our adult children feel comfortable with their dying father and his right to die with dignity? Read our answer.
  • How can I help my mother prepare for death? Read our answer.
  • I would like to speak at my father’s funeral, but I don’t know what I should say and whether I can do so without breaking down? How do I prepare for this? Read our answer.

NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL RECIPIENTS!
Palliative care leaders from across the country were honoured for their outstanding commitment to palliative care. Four members of the Virtual Hospice team received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals: See the full list of recipients nominated by the CHPCA and the CHCA. Recipient Dr. Gerri Frager is featured in a new profile on Take a Bow.

HISTORIC PLENARY ON WHOLE PERSON CARE
Dr. Balfour Mount, father of palliative care in Canada, delivered a ground-breaking plenary address on whole person care at the 2012 International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal. Following his speech, he indicated to Dr. Mike Harlos that “Virtual Hospice is one of the best things ever created.” A film based on of Dr. Mount’s plenary, Whole Person Care & the Need for a Paradigm Shift in Health Care, is now available for purchase on DVD.

NEW REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF CANCER
The Canadian Cancer Action Network and Canadian Cancer Society have released their report on the financial challenges that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Financial Hardship of Cancer in Canada: A Call for Action, summarizes the three-year study, and the action plan proposed to alleviate the financial burden that people living with cancer face.

THE CUBA PROJECT
A committed team of palliative care specialists has travelled to Cuba since 2004 to train health professionals and volunteers on how to accompany people at end of life. Read more about their work and the difference they are making.

NEW RESEARCH - PALLIATIVE CARE REFERRALS COME LATER THAN IDEAL
A new study led by Dr. Camilla Zimmerman of Princess Margaret Hospital, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, shows that many oncologists refer patients to palliative care late in the course of illness, despite consensus among palliative care professionals that early referral is better.

INVITATION TO EXPLORE INTEGRATED END-OF-LIFE CARE
The Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada is inviting stakeholders to help in developing an integrated end-of-life care model. The national initiative, The Way Forward, offers the first two of several documents to support discussion of blending palliative care with community-based health care: The Palliative Approach, and a synthesis of recommendations from national reports.

HPCO CALLS FOR COORDINATED PALLIATIVE CARE
Representatives of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) met with provincial members of parliament in Queen’s Park politicians last month to emphasize the need for quality hospice and palliative care across Ontario and in all care settings. Rick Firth, Executive Director of HPCO, describes the HPCO call to action.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES UPDATE
Virtual Hospice’s Programs and Services is a database that connects Canadians across the country with palliative care and grief support services where they live. The Virtual Hospice team regularly reviews the listings, and has just completed a comprehensive assessment. It has updated existing services and added new ones. Programs and Services now lists 716 resources.

HONOURING POLITICIANS DEDICATED TO PALLIATIVE CARE
On November 21, the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC)and federal politicians will honour a parliamentary committee working to improve end-of-life care. The QELCCC is also raising awareness of its 10-year plan to encourage progress on end-of-life issues.

PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIALIST NEEDED
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is seeking a palliative care specialist for a full-time position in its Toronto office. Learn more.

NEW IN ABORIGINAL END-OF-LIFE CARE
View the updated version of Completing the Circle: End of Life Care with Aboriginal Families by First Nations University. Elders share their beliefs and traditions surrounding end of life.

BRINGING THE SOCIAL MEDIA #REVOLUTION TO HEALTH CARE
This new book from the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media invites health practitioners, patients and caregivers to engage with one another to promote health and wellness. Virtual Hospice team member Colleen Young wrote the chapter “Twitter Chats Build Community.”

CALENDAR

Family Medicine Forum
Toronto ON, November 15-17, 2012

Home Care Technology Conference 2012
Toronto (Vaughan) ON, November 19, 2012

Toronto Cancer 2012
Education Conference & Medical Exposition, Toronto ON, November 22-23, 2012

B.C. Cancer Agency 2012 Annual Cancer Conference
Evolving Dynamics in Research and Patient Care, Vancouver BC, November 29 – December 1, 2012

2013 Annual Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference
Ottawa ON, April 28-30, 2013

Alberta Health Services 14th Annual Mary O'Connor Palliative & Hospice Care Conference
Calgary AB, May 9, 2013

2013 British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association Annual Conference
Moving Forward Together - Collaborating with Creativity and Compassion, Richmond BC, June 2-3, 2013

2013 SHPCA Annual Conference
Out of the Shadows: Extending the Boundaries of Hospice Palliative Care, Regina SK, June 13-14, 2013

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