Let’s talk about dying in Canada…
What will I want or need at the end of life?
Will I suffer pain and need medication to manage my symptoms?
How can I let my family & friends know my wishes and preferences for end of life care?
What help is available to me?
Will I suffer from a chronic illness and feel like a burden to others?
What decisions will I have to make?
Many Canadians find themselves asking these questions as they near end of life. They are unsure what to expect, leading them to ask how they want to die, and whether they should have more control over their dying. Recently, this has led to a focus on controversial issues, such as euthanasia and physician assisted suicide rather than a focus on accessible and quality end of life care.