Words like “hospice” and “palliative care” are sometimes used interchangeably, but they don’t refer to the same things. Hospice is a type of care that focuses on providing physical, spiritual and emotional comfort at end of life. Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on providing medical care to people navigating serious illness, no matter the diagnosis. The goal here is to improve quality of life for both patient and family.
Dr. Hal Siden, medical director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice says in this short film, “One of the tricks was to get everybody off the mindset that this was the place to come to die—and to say that this is the place to come and live.” Watch the full video here
The When You Die staff is committed to bringing death back into our everyday conversations as an integral part of our human journey.