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Contact the Helpline 604-738-9950
Toll-Free: 1-877-779-2223   M-F 9AM-5PM
  

MAiD

Dying With Dignity Canada - Phone: 1-877-389-1251 or 1-844-395-3640 Email: support@dyingwithdignity.ca 

Dying With Dignity Canada is the national human-rights charity committed to improving the quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering. “If you or a loved one have received a catastrophic diagnosis and want more information about your legal end-of-life choices, Dying With Dignity Canada can help.” Contact through phone or email to find support with the Personal Support Program. They can assist with emotional support and bereavement counselling, navigating a request for medical assistance in dying, finding palliative care where you live, and finding an independent witness for medical assistance in dying.


Island Health - MAiD Bereavement Guide

This brochure aims to answer any questions one may have, provide practical information, and ease one's concerns on your Medical Assistance in Death (MAiD) journey.


Bridge C-14

Bridge C-14 is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful connections of support for families and loved ones throughout all stages of assisted death. Provides informational resources, a stigma reducing podcast, as well as Facebook support groups. Bereavement support groups are also listed as available on Vancouver Island and to contact northislandbridgec14@gmail.com for more information. 


Talking to Kids about Medical Assistance in Dying

Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre's page on talking to kids about Medical Assistance in Dying has extensive information on how to start the conversation and have appropriate communication with kids about this sensitive topic. Questions such as "When should I tell my child that the person is considering MAID?" and "What if I can't answer the questions my child has? Are there any questions I should not answer?" (and many others) are addressed to better prepare you for the dialogue with your child. 


Books

A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices, by Sandra Martin

The Power of Love’s Connectivity: A Case Study of Medical Assistance in Dying, by Don Ayre