Canada Death

How Would You Like To Die, Sir?

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

When I ask clients, friends and family how they would want to die, so far no one has chosen, "I'd like to die after lying in bed for two or three years, in a diaper, and barely aware of my surroundings." Yet isn't this scenario -- or a variant of it -- how a large percentage of us will die?

Sticky Situation: Modern Etiquette For Death And Mourning

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Death and mourning are on the radio, the television and in social media. Popular? Yes. Uncomfortable? Definitely. Faced with death, no matter who you are, you know you need to be on your Sunday best; benevolent, polite, kind and empathetic. But what do funeral rites sound and look like in modern times?

How I Got Through all the 'Firsts' After Losing My Husband to Cancer

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

It has been 29 days since Matthew physically left us. 29 days since I held Matthew in my arms as he took his last breath. Since I lost a part of myself. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him. In these 29 days I have experienced many firsts, some easier than others.

How to Leave a Legacy Worth Remembering

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

If you were taken away tomorrow, what do you think your legacy would be? Most of us, it seems, are happy to wait and hear what our eulogist thinks our legacies are. A little late, don'tcha think? I think it's time to lighten up the legacy conversation by creating and enjoying a variety of legacies that you can enjoy now!

I'm Grieving One Birthday, Anniversary and Holiday at a Time

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Three months ago, my love died. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. I am miserable. Distraction and over compensation has been a great (if not especially healthy) strategy for me. If I can't face the pain of loss at the moment, why not flip the script.

Grieving Pains: Unexpected Side Effects of Widowhood

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Since Mike died I am a one-woman wrecking crew. Unfortunately, my body is the demolition site. On my left forearm I have an deep yellow, inch-and-a-half-long bruise. On the underside, I have an angry red scrape that curls around from front to back. On one palm, I have a wee boo boo. Further down, I have four pink slashes, in various states of healing, across my shin.

Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This Summer

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.

No Charges For Security Guard Who Shot Two Dead At Toronto McDonald's

CBC | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada

The guard discharged his firearm during an altercation, fatally wounding two men

What Led Me to Seeking Solace in Psychics

Katie Boland | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

"What's Lily Dale?" my husband asked. "Lily Dale is a spiritualist community in upstate New York. Seriously, everyone who lives there is a psychic," I said. "People have been going forever to talk to the dead. I really want to go."

How Will People Remember You After You Die?

Lori Gard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Within our human connectedness, what matters the most is something so simple it can almost be overlooked. Something so ordinary in its application that its intense impact can be disregarded. It is simple, but not easy. Unpretentious, yet so difficult to maintain. That's the thing about kindness: it seems basic.

Assisted Suicide Policy Needs to Account for the Human Ability to Overcome

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

Human beings are not good at predicting how they will react in circumstances that have yet to unfold. Those of us working in healthcare understand that life-altering illness, trauma or anticipation of death can sometimes sap the will to live. In those instances, healthcare providers are called upon to commit time; time to manage distress, provide unwavering support and to assuage fear that patients might be abandoned to their hopelessness and despair. That is the essence of how medicine has traditionally responded to suffering. Stopping time by way of arranging the patient's death has never been part of that response.

When Being Prepared isn't Enough - Supporting Parents When a Baby Dies

Jens Locher | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Jens Locher

While the majority of people haven't found the courage yet to talk with expectant parents about the risk of losing a child, how to survive such tragedies and continue to live, we need to be even more diligent in ensuring that we have experienced specialists in place that are available every time parents are facing the tragedy of losing their baby.

There's Progress Amid the Torture and Abuse of Elephants

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Rightfully, the secretary of HATS has called for a ban to transporting elephants in trucks, he has told me that the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is taking immediate measures to amend the elephant transportation rules that will also restrict the speed limits of these trucks.

Why You Should Add Organ Donation to Your Estate Plan

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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.