Jun 11, 2014
By Jane Brown
A report by the Canadian Medical Association on end of life issues is being welcomed by CARP and Dying with Dignity. The CMA says Canada needs to create a national palliative-care strategy that will give all Canadians facing the end of life the opportunity to have “the best death possible.”
The authors also strongly encourage people to talk to loved ones about their wishes regarding death, including a written advance-care directive that clearly spells out how they want to spend their final days. Susan Eng of CARP – A New Vision of Aging – tells ZoomerMedia News, the report will promote a conversation that needs to take place. “Bringing this out into the open will allow us to finally grapple with reality that all of us are going to die at some point. Let’s make it a really dignified process, give people options, extend the comfort in their lives, so that we actually treat ourselves at the end of our lives with some humanity,” Eng offers.
The CMA report is called End-of-Life Care: A National Dialogue. It follows a series of public meetings hosted by the group over the last year in five cities across the country, as well as online discussions.
Dying with Dignity CEO Wendy Morris says the doctors’ group has shown some movement on the issue, and welcomes its use of neutral language like doctor-assisted dying, instead of doctor-assisted suicide.
ZoomerMedia’s founder Moses Znaimer is the co-lead patron of Dying with Dignity Canada.