Understanding death and learning about what happens when you die is at the crux of our mission. Here are a few key resources for you to delve deeper into topics such as the dying process, the funeral industry, dealing with tragedy, hospice care, and more. We hope to help bring the death conversation back into everyday life in order to live fully.
"It’s never easy to lose someone you love. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma can be even more difficult, because a family member or close friend may be taken far too soon, bringing a sense of shock with feelings of grief, sadness and even depression."
The Mesothelioma Center has created a Grief Guide for you to peruse online or download and study at home. Learn more here >>
This is an intimate and honest conversation with palliative-care pioneer Larry Librach throughout his own journey from cancer diagnosis to his death in 2013. Librach dedicated his life to helping patients navigate their final stages—with this book, author Phil Dwyer compassionately documents how Librach faced and prepared for his own death. http://conversationsondying.com/
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