What is Palliative care?

According to the Canadian Virtual Hospice, Palliative care is:

Palliative care is a type of health care for patients and families facing life-limiting illness. Palliative care helps patients to achieve the best possible quality of life right up until the end of life. Palliative care is sometimes considered end of life care, with a main focus on comfort. However, it is increasingly recognized that a palliative approach, as part of health care is beneficial early on in serious and chronic illness.


In Canada and around the world,
Quality Palliative Care:

  • Focuses on the concerns of patients and their families
  • Pays close attention to physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, loss of appetite and confusion
  • Considers the emotional and spiritual concerns of patients and families
  • Ensures that care is respectful and supportive of patient dignity
  • Respects the social and cultural needs of patients and families
  • uses a team approach that may include volunteers, social workers and spiritual leaders in addition to medical staff.

 -Canadian Virtual Hospice

10 myths about palliative care from Canadian Virtual Hospice: 
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Jocelyn House Hospice

Staff and volunteers provide care for people living the end of their lives

in a home like environment on a beautiful naturally-wooded riverside property in Winnipeg.

Palliative Manitoba  

Focused on helping individuals live as fully as possible until the end of life

Palliative Manitoba is a registered charity that is keenly focused on improving living until the end of life. Serving as a vital resource for individuals, families and caregivers, we provide programs, services, education and information in an effort to lessen the inevitable stress during life's final journey.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about advanced illness, palliative care, loss and grief, to people living with illness, family members, people working in healthcare, educators, and researchers.





Suffering & End of Life - A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care


Horizons of Hope by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), is a toolkit for Catholic parishes on palliative care.



This interactive 4-part video series with discussions addresses:

                • Palliative care
                • Dying & death
                • Suffering
                • Accompaniment
                • Bereavement
                • How palliative care is understood from a perspective of Catholic moral and pastoral theology, medical expertise and the Compassionate Community model.



For more information: click here 



  • Do you want assistance in starting Horizons of Hope at your parish? 

Contact: Nadine Fetherston



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