Changing the DIE-alogue on palliative care

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Discussing end of life issues can make many people uncomfortable, but a new event in Elgin County is changing the way we talk about death and dying. The Elgin Palliative Care Collaborative and Oxford Elgin Palliative Care Outreach Teams have launched a series of free events called DIE-alogue sessions.

Each session offers discussion on end of life issues, education on palliative care, as well as the opportunity to connect with others who are dealing with death and bereavement.

End of life care is a priority in our current 3-year plan.Another area of discussion is advanced care planning, or the act of letting people know what health and personal care you would want if you were unable to speak for yourself. This could include talking to healthcare providers, financial and legal professionals, and making funeral arrangements.

DIE-alogue sessions have been held in Ingersoll, St. Thomas, and London, with more being planned in the future.

Mark your calendar The next DIE-alogue session will be at the West Elgin Community Health Centre on October 13, 2016.

For more information contact Lisa Gardner, South West Hospice Palliative Care Network Lead at 519-641-1113 ext. 5657.