A practical guide to support life during serious illness or at life’s end
This new booklet contains articles and discussion questions that can help you and your church understand what is going on with end-of-life care today, why it matters, and how we can respond as Christians.
The 44-page booklet, published in 2018, is divided into four sections with informative articles, clearly presented data, and helpful discussion questions.
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SECTION 1: UNDERSTANDING PALLIATIVE CARE
9 The story of palliative care
10 What is palliative care?
14 Interview: A physician opens up about assisted suicide and what palliative care has to offer
16 Discussion questions
SECTION 2: WHY PALLIATIVE CARE MATTERS
19 How does our faith motivate us to support palliative care?
20 How is palliative care unique?
23 Palliative care by the numbers
24 Discussion questions
SECTION 3: WAYS CANADIANS ARE ENGAGED IN PALLIATIVE CARE
27 Engaging in public policy
28 Case study: Faith groups play part in getting new hospice built
29 Case study: How music tends and heals
31 Case study: How I wound up on 100 Huntley St
with my golden doodle
32 Discussion questions
SECTION 4: GETTING INVOLVED
35 What can I do?
37 Tips for visiting hospital patients
38 What are the conversations we need to have around death, dying and bereavement?
41 Discussion questions
Note: See our related online series Your Stories of Palliative Care
. Learn more about the EFC's work around palliative care by clicking under "Related Topics" below.