Canada Death

Why You Should Add Organ Donation to Your Estate Plan

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Living
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Today, in Ontario, over 1,500 people are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. Yet, despite the apparent and overwhelming need for organs and tissues, Canada has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the world.

What Is Love? Just Ask My Mom

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I am a firm believer that while mental illnesses may be defined by some as a disability, it can also frequently enable people such as my mother and I....

The Serious Legal Problem With Do-Not-Recuscitate Policies

Dr Charles Wright | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Charles Wright

The need for people also to make advance directives (often called living wills) and to discuss them with family is greater than ever as medical technology advances, but there is a serious legal problem. You may have an advance directive signed in perfect health clearly stating your wishes, but if and when you become incompetent, current law in some provinces permits your next of kin or power of attorney to ignore it. Surely new legislation must recognize and prevent this potential abuse that most people would find offensive and unacceptable.

Three Things

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

It was the great Carl Sagan who said: "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." And let's not forget in t...

What You Need to Know About Dying at Home

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The act of dying ultimately becomes "a 24-hour-a-day process" and patients usually need increasing levels of care as they draw closer to the end. Ideally, a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, personal-care workers and others should be involved in your care. Here is what you need to know.

A Mother's Love Never Dies

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

My heart once beat inside of her. It has been 10 years since my mother passed and though she's not here with me, a part of her spirit continues to bea...

Life After the Loss of a Sister

The Reply | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

After suffering such a significant loss, Carly has learned to cherish what is truly important. She talks about how grateful she is to have people in her life who she knows will always stand by her side, no matter what. "There aren't words to describe how much my family means to me."

After 51 Years Together, This Man Dies Five Hours After His Wife's Funeral

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

You've read these stories before. Elderly couple have been married for years, first one takes ill, then the other and they inevitably go within hours ...

How Do I Even Begin to Talk About My Friend Who Passed Away?

Katie Boland | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend died six weeks ago. His name was Kent Nolan. He was 25. He was talented, handsome and successful. He was an actor, a writer, and a filmmaker; the kind people call, "incredibly promising." He was a son, a brother and a friend. He was unbelievably kind.

Is Canada Ready for Assisted Suicide?

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

This past week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. The Court faces a daunting task. Palliative care cannot eliminate every facet of end-of life suffering. Preserving dignity for patients at the end of life requires a steadfast commitment to non-abandonment, meticulous management of suffering and a tone of care marked by kindness. In response to this dignity conserving approach, the former head of the Hemlock Society conceded that "if most individuals with a terminal illness were treated this way, the incentive to end their lives would be greatly reduced."

How Meditation Changed My Life

Komal Minhas | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Komal Minhas

In August 2010, I was attending week three of a youth conference and found myself deep in meditation, sobbing as if I had just emerged from the womb. Here I was, in the middle of Berlin deep in meditation, with the photo of an older Indian man with long hair and in white robes at the front of the room, feeling at my very core that my life was about to change dramatically.

This 3-D Printer Prints...Skin?

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.

10 Ways That Losing a Pet is Worse Than Losing a Human

Angela Hartlin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

People are meant to be resilient and aim to recover from traumatic life events so when you lose a beloved pet, it is natural for those who care about you to ask when you are going to fill the void by adopting another lucky fur-child. Emotionally, we may process it as someone trying to get us to replace the love we just lost.

Here's A Story I'll Never Get To Tell Robin Williams

Brett Caron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

I have my own ideas about what it means to control your own life and the right a person should have to end that life if they choose. But I'm not writing this to spout my opinion on suicide. I'm writing this to tell a story I'll never have the chance to tell Robin Williams, as if I would've had a chance of ever meeting the man.

Why My Depression Never Led Me To Take My Own Life

Jean Bottari | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jean Bottari

My words and my confessions got you thinking? Good because that is my goal. Stop trying to be the strong one -- if you do so for too long you are going to end up like me. Tell yourself that if you think you mean nothing to the world there is at least one person who thinks you are the world.

Man Convicted In Teen Sex Assault And Confinement Teen Dies In Prison

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada

SPRINGHILL, N.S. - A man convicted in the case of a Nova Scotia teen who was kidnapped, chained and sexually assaulted has died in a Nova Scotia priso...

Putting My Mother's Life In Boxes

Sue Nador | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My sister and I have been putting my mom's life into boxes. She died two months ago, so we are sorting through her things deciding what we keep, what goes to others who loved her, and what gets shipped off to strangers in need.

How I Found Beauty Through a Loved One's Death

Lori Gard | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Lori Gard

Hope is truly something beautiful. But so very easy to forget when faced with the pain of loss, when faced with the pain of separation. When faced with death. And while we might forget such when in the midst of great trouble, marked by betrayal and rejection, by the tragedy of disease and unexpected loss of both minor and grave proportions.

What Watching My Parents Grieve Taught Me About A Daughter's Duty

Sara Harowitz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sara Harowitz

We can go days without talking, but I still know their love is there. Most of the time it's comforting, like a hug or a warm sweater. But sometimes it's heavy, almost suffocating, as if their happiness depends entirely on my actions, my life. I don't blame them because I know this intensity only stems from their greatest fear: losing me or my brothers.

This Father's Day, I'm Mourning My Dad

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Seven months later and I'm still stunned by the palpable pain I feel in the pit of my chest when I think of him. I marvel at how grief just patiently sits there quietly, waiting for me to suddenly catch a glimpse of someone who looks like him, or for a whiff of someone's Aqua Velva aftershave, that cheap blue stuff he splashed on his face when I was a kid, and suddenly pain, like a searing knife, cuts through me. Seven months of firsts. The first Christmas without him, first New Years' celebrations, first Easter, and now... the first Father's Day.

Oilsands Worker Dies After On-Site Injury

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A man has died while working on a giant bulldozer in Alberta's oilsands.The provincial government says the 37-year-old was doin...

RCMP Investigate Death Of Alberta Infant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

GLEICHEN, Alta. - RCMP are investigating the death of an infant in southern Alberta.Police say the nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive Sunday a...

Most Canadians Have No Plan For Their End of Life Treatment

Daren Heyland | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
Daren Heyland

Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate. Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? That's a question that all Canadians need to contemplate -- but recent studies indicate that most of us have not.

Improving Our Health Care System Could Save Thousands of Lives a Year

Michel Grignon | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

First, we need to learn from the best health regions across the country how to monitor hospital stays (length and quality), guarantee access to family doctors for the poor, and make sure family physicians make up a reasonable proportion of the physician workforce.

How to Die Well

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Harvey Max Chochinov

If all this sounds too daunting, here is some language you might want to consider. Imagine turning to the person you have in mind and begin by saying something like, "I love you." If that feels like a stretch, you can always start with: "Look, I care about you, most of the time" or "What matters to you matters to me."