Resources For Understanding Death

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.

Faces of palliative care


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

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