Information Sources

LinksThere are many excellent resources available on the Internet dealing with all aspects of hospice palliative care.   The following sites give an overview of the structure on hospice palliative care in Canada as well as good general information.

Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association is the national association which provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada. CHPCA offers leadership in the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened

British Columbia Hospice and Palliative Care Association is an umbrella organization whose mission is to provide a leadership role for its member organizations and individuals to ensure quality of care for British Columbians faced with a life-threatening illness, death and bereavement.

Hospice Net provides information and support to patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. Hospice Net is an independent, non-profit organization working exclusively through the Internet. This site has many brief, articles about hospice palliative care directed to the patient and to the caregiver dealing with end of life issues, grief and bereavement.

Canadian Virtual Hospice is an interactive network for people dealing with life-threatening illness and loss. Patients, friends, volunteers and medical professionals can use this interactive site to explore end of life issues with peers.

Growth House. Hospice Advocacy Organization, located in the San Franciso Bay area, whose influence extends throughout North America.

International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care. Information on Hospice Issues worldwide.

Hospice Foundation provides an excellent database on mosthospice palliative care topics.

Mental Health services:

BC Mental Health & Addictions
Canadian Mental Health Association
Elderly Outreach & VISTA

Additional Resources

Excerpts from the book Handbook for Mortals:   (Click on Reading Room and then select Handbook for Mortals)

Living With Serious Illness

Enduring And Changing

Finding Meaning

Helping Family and Loved Ones

Talking With Your Doctor

Managing Other Symptoms

Learning About Specific Illnesses

Planning Ahead (Advance Care Planning)

Forgoing Medical Treatment

Tube Feeding (Fluids and Food)

Decisions About Resuscitation (CPR)

Decisions About Ventilation

Hastening Death

Coping With Events Near Death

Questions About Funerals

The Dying of Children

Dying Suddenly

Enduring Grief and Loss

The joint centre for bioethics A link for Living Wills

Internet Resources for Teens – a brochure put out by Victoria Hospice that provides many resources and ideas for grieving Teens.

BC bereavement helpline

The Compassionate Friends