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Interested in learning more? The Palliative Institute regularly addresses the topics covered in this website through Covenant Health's media channels as well as elsewhere.

We also curate news stories from around the world related to palliative care, advance care planning and end-of-life topics, which are featured below.

Compassionate Alberta in the news

Albertans’ views on advance care planning and palliative care, May 6, 2024

The results are in! View the report of our March 2024 public poll of Albertans.

A Positive Public Message: Introducing the Understanding Palliative Care e-Module | The Palliative Approach, November 24, 2023

“As soon as people hear the words ‘palliative care’ they think the end is near. They see it as a negative thing, but I see it as a positive as it’s enhanced my quality of life. It makes your life so much easier during an incredibly stressful time.”

Advance Care Planning and the Need for Frank Conversations | ARTA News & Views, Autumn 2023 (pp. 32-33)

See ARTA's autumn 2023 edition of News & Views for a shortened version of our article originally published in the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta’s LawNow magazine in April 2023. (See archive link at the bottom of the page.)

Embracing Palliative Care: Life Circumstances Transform Caregiver Into a Palliative Care Advocate | eHospice, June 13, 2023

This article is a reprint in eHospice of the Covenant news story by the same title from May 11, 2023.

Embracing Palliative Care | Mill Woods Mosaic, May 15, 2023

This article is a reprint in the Mill Woods Mosaic of the Covenant news story by the same title from May 11, 2023.

Planning for things no one wants to talk about | LawNow Magazine, April 14, 2023

"April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day, a day where Canadians are encouraged to engage in conversation with a trusted individual about their end-of-life preferences and to plan for future care by completing a personal directive, a will, and a power of attorney."

Talking about death | Mill Woods Mosaic, May 15, 2022

This article is a reprint in the Mill Woods Mosaic of the Covenant news story by the same title from May 2, 2022.

Compassionate Communities Forum | Global News, March 19, 2022

"Compassionate Cities is an opportunity to supplement or support the care that is provided. The care is not helpful unless we know what it is, where it's available and how to access it, and the roles of individuals and organizations to help family members and patients find their way through the system."

Group hopes to increase awareness around palliative care in southern Alberta | Global News, November 25, 2021

“Most Albertans are referred to palliative care in the last six weeks of life, which is far too late. Research shows that an early introduction to palliative care and having those discussions with your health-care providers greatly improves the quality of life.”

Provincial initiative with University of Calgary roots promotes end-of-life planning | UCalgary News, May 11, 2021

“We want to promote advance care planning throughout our lives so that we don't just hear about it when we’re sick, but starting as healthy young adults and throughout all those different life milestones such as buying a home, having children and retiring.”

Covenant Health media

A helping hand for final journeys | Covenant News, August 3, 2023

As an end-of-life doula, Shelley may visit her clients wherever they are living, such as in hospices, palliative care wards and family homes. The job can encompass almost every aspect of the end-of-life process.

Embracing palliative care | Covenant News, May 11, 2023

Not many 17-year-olds have direct experience of palliative care. Read Bill Zheng's story about how he supported his mother through until end of life and became a passionate palliative care advocate.

Talking about death | Covenant News, May 2, 2022

Death is a difficult topic for many of us to talk about. Now there's a book club to help with this, courtesy of a collaboration between the Palliative Institute and Edmonton Public Library.

Supporting a grieving loved one | Covenant News, November 16, 2021

Grief is messy, complicated and unpredictable and does not fit neatly into ‘stages’. Supporting a grieving loved one means listening to the person and being supportive without trying to ‘fix’ the problem.

Planning for the unexpected | Covenant News, October 12, 2021

Conversations about future health care can be difficult, but they are essential for ensuring people get the kind of care they want during their final days and weeks. Such care not only impacts the patients themselves, but also the loved ones by their side.

Other media

The end-of-life talk with my kids is as awkward as the sex-ed one - but I can’t wimp out (The Globe and Mail, April 2, 2023)

Rita Scagnetti of Thornhill, ON talks about the awkwardness - and importance - of having an end-of-life planning-related conversation with her adult children and the process behind her own planning.

Queering the Good Death | Yes! Magazine, November 21, 2022

When it comes to protecting chosen family, LGBTQ couples face unique struggles.

We need to talk about how we talk about death | CBC Radio, November 6, 2022

Producer Kevin Ball has long been fascinated by the way we talk about death, as if it were a battle or a duel the person lost. Kevin reflects on if there's another way to talk about a person's passing.

Death Can Strike Unexpectedly: How to Prepare for the Worst (Psychology Today, August 12, 2022)

Family members often have to make difficult decisions at the end of a person's life. Advance care planning can help families navigate end-of-life decision making.

Can telehealth be used for effective palliative care? | Pursuit, July 27, 2022

A recent Australian study examined the use of telehealth services for palliative care during COVID-19. The results were varied, showing great benefits in certain respects but also limitations.

Global Palliative Care Advances Over Two Decades | Physician's Weekly, July 21, 2022

Tremendous progress has been made worldwide in normalizing palliative care over the past two decades, according to a recent peer-reviewed paper.

Death literacy: why it’s important to talk about dying | The Conversation, June 29, 2022

Being able to talk about death, dying and loss is important because it directly shapes the decisions we make about the care we receive as well as our ability to care for others.

Op-Comic: My patients wrestle with end-of-life care, even if there’s a living will | Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2022

By Nathan Gray, an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and comic artist, this comic strip highlights the importance of ongoing, open conversation between family members around end-of-life planning.

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