Presented by: Bonnie Tompkins, Kathryn Downer, Deborah Sattler, Dr. Eman Hassan
Compassionate Communities are communities that support their residents during death, dying, loss and bereavement. Canada has embraced the need for a community approach to palliative/end of life care in conjunction with the medical stream. This presentation will inform the participants of several approaches to building a compassionate community which are uniquely different but have commonalities that allow for collaboration. They will also highlight how a national palliative care organization can take a lead role to support compassionate communities across Canada. Three approaches covered include: initiatives in Burlington and Niagara West using a public health approach known as the Compassionate city charter, the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community, and Compassionate Communities initiative through the BC Centre of Palliative Care.
Due to a variety of approaches, participants will be able to walk away with an idea of the approach that suits their community best. The more compassionate communities we develop worldwide, the more we make social change where people are more comfortable talking about, planning for, and supporting their fellow citizen when on a journey through death, dying, loss and bereavement.