Let’s talk… This blog is about death with dignity, on our own terms. It’s about empowerment and patient centred care in a continuum of choices. The focus of this site will be to create a community for people making end of life choices and their loved ones. It will provide resources, opinion pieces and articles on a wide variety of issues. Everything will be on the table: nothing will be taboo.
The autumn leaf…
Upon the gusty
Winds of fall.
My colour brilliant
In the burnished sun.
“Tis the season…”, but for some of us the holidays bring added pressures as we struggle with those proverbial “Ghosts of Christmas Past”. No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, this time of year is filled with family, traditions and social gatherings. These can lead to poignant memories which tear at our hearts as we attempt to process our grief.
In Canada, we are currently struggling with the implementation of Bill C-14. It’s flawed… nothing is ever perfect, so it’s no surprise. I’m concerned that we’ve put the cart before the horse in this matter. Audrey Parker’s case points this out all too clearly.
My thoughts in response to this recent news article – this is just a drop in a very deep bucket:
Once again, we are being forced to look at the continuum of end of life services offered by Palliative Care staff. If all choices were presented and none were specifically recommended, the clinician is simply providing information from which a person can make an informed choice. To do less is unprofessional.
Society is entering a new era as nations around the globe debate medical assistance in dying. A few jurisdictions already have laws in place. Some governments are at the stage of drafting potential legislation, while in other countries, the debate rages on. Discussions are heated, and debate is often very polarized.
See her step lightly
With pointed toe.
as each beat
the melody of life
In this new Canadian era of medical assistance in dying, the focus is shifting away from clinician directed services and care to a patient-oriented system – a series of services and programs where the patient becomes an informed decision maker with a support team of professionals to advise and guide them. People needing Palliative Care and MAiD are quickly becoming a large portion of our population. Their health and quality of life are going to consume more and more of the resources available through our health care bureaucracy. The system needs to be prepared to deliver compassionate medical help and support services.
Silvery, weathered, cedar shakes,
Windows of mullioned glass
Reflecting and refracting like
The prisms in a chandelier,
The ivy clinging tenaciously
As it scales the ramparts of the fairy keep…
I wander ‘round the old house.
I’ve always lived here…
Well, at least this time
It’s been my home.