World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 1 July 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care centres can opt out of assisted dying

Canada – Montreal Gazette

While the McGill University Health Centre is facing a backlash for a policy exempting its palliative care unit from providing medical aid to die, private hospices like the West Island Palliative Care Residence are allowed to opt out of providing that service to dying patients — despite the province’s landmark right-to-die legislation.

Ensuring Your Community-Based Palliative Care Success

US – CSU

Building a sustainable palliative care program in your community – whether new or as an extension of existing services – requires more than just information. 

At the End of Life, What Would Doctors Do?

US – The New York Times

Americans have long been chided as the only people on earth who believe death is optional. But the quip is losing its premise. A recent profusion of personal narratives, best-selling books and social entrepreneurs’ projects suggest that, as a culture, we are finally starting to come to terms with our mortality. 

What I should have told my dying friend

Australia – The Daily Telegraph

For a place where people come to die, it was an unnecessarily sad old building with no warmth, no comfort. Just beige walls and dull furnishings.

Ensuring quality of living at end of life ‘pretty intense,’ son says

Canada – CBC News

There’s no guidebook to navigate the highs and lows of looking after a family member in their final months at home, says a son who was tempted to write one.

Through my eyes – new animation from leading UK charity

ehospice International Children’s

A new animation by UK charity, Together for Short Lives, shows the daily challenges families face caring for a child with a life-shortening condition, and the impact on family life.

Q&A with Mandy Yule, Hospice UK advisory council representative for Scotland

ehospice UK

As part of our series of interviews with Hospice UK’s advisory council, we talk to Mandy Yule, chief executive at Ayrshire Hospice and advisory council representative for Scotland.

Offering “virtual” spiritual care

ehospice US

A New York area Alzheimer’s home care agency is offering “virtual” spiritual care to clients that would enable them to connect with HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s chaplains via phone, email or video.