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Looking back…

My parents were born in Thunder Bay, a prominent shipping  and forestry town in Northwestern Ontario (named Port Arthur at the time). They grew up there, were married there, owned a family business, had three children and enjoyed their lives there. It is family lore that my favourite place to go as a child was the ...

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Planning Early

There is a lack of understanding around the legal boundaries associated with designating a Power of Attorney and the responsibilities required to fulfill that role. As well, the authority allocated to the Power of Attorney, and the potential impact on the family unit, are also not well understood, especially when ...

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Seeking Human Updates

Types of Information Universally, the types of information sought by Distance Family Members were about well-being and status of living, rather than specific medical details. Distance Family Members spoke of wanting to know if their parent was able to get out of bed, to eat breakfast or if they were unable to eat due to ...

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Supporting care at the beginning and end of life

In August, Justine Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party, announced his plan to allow new parents to have more flexibility in accessing parental leave benefits. The new plan would allow the splitting up of benefits over a period of 18, rather than taking leave all at once. Although it is not clear how the plan would role ...

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Death: Denying to Discussing

The Medicalization of Dying In 2013, the Vanier Institute of the Family published a report titled “Death, Dying and Canadian Families,” which highlighted Canadians’ uncomfortable relationship death. This was underpinned by a number of historical contexts that led to the “medicalization of death and dying,” ...

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Talking about death over tea and coffee

Death Café In the fall of 2014, I was invited to attend the first Death Café (deathcafe.com) held in the west end of Toronto. I was mid-way through my masters’ research and was intrigued by the idea of people getting together to talk about death and dying—not in a healthcare environment—but in a café. Beyond my ...