Public invited to forum on end-of-life planning

Categories: Community Engagement.

Speaking at the free event will be Brian Goldman, an ER physician at Mount Sinai Hospital and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art, as well Harvey Chochinov, a psychiatry professor in Manitoba and the holder of the only Canada research chair in palliative care.

The purpose of the forum is to provide the public with a greater understanding of the steps along the way in the end-of-life care journey, including options such as palliative care, hospice care, hospital-based care and in-home care.

Discussion will also focus on why it is important to plan ahead.

“Well in advance you want to have that conversation with your loved ones, make your wishes known, and have your care plan in place so that your final care will be as comfortable and peaceful as possible with less stress on you and your family,” said Andrew Knight, clinical lead for palliative care at HSN, in a release.

“It is never too early to start planning and discussing end-of-life care with our loved ones,” agreed Leo Therrien, executive director at Vale Maison Hospice. “At the hospice, we promote advanced care planning.”

Other organizations taking part in the forum include Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, and the North East Community Care Access Centre. Providing support for the initiative are the HSN Foundation, the Northern Cancer Foundation, and the HSN Volunteer Association.

“The HSN Volunteer Association is honoured to be a part of this event. This is an important topic that touches all of us and this forum will help people have that vital conversation with their loved ones,” indicated president Cliff Richardson in a statement.

The forum is on Jan. 9 at the Steelworkers Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments and an expo featuring goods and services related to end-of-life care will be available.