Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

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Palliative Care  

The pastoral experience of the Bishops has shown that patients are more likely13 to request euthanasia/assisted suicide when their pain is not properly managed by good quality palliative care, when their dependence on others to provide assistance and support is not adequately met, or when they are socially marginalized. Palliative care, which has yet to become fully available and accessible in our own country, offers a compelling answer – the only respectful, comprehensive and ethical alternative to what the Government is trying to address through the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

When sufficient emotional, psychological and spiritual support is lacking, individuals are not truly free to choose appropriate medical care or options and thus are led to having no other alternative than the tragic failure presented by euthanasia and assisted suicide. Palliative care provides the choice of a better option which is not truly accessible to all Canadians. It alleviates pain, addresses loneliness, fear, distress, and despair in a compassionate manner through the support of family and community. This choice of care and support respects the dignity of the person and recognizes that human life has an objective and transcendent value. A human person’s life is not defined or limited by one’s illness or one’s situation in life, for each human being processes an inherent dignity from birth until natural death.

The Value of Palliative Care IACB Guidelines for Health Care Facilities and Individual Providers Facing Permissive Laws on Physician Assistance in Suicide and Euthanasia.  To view the document click HERE

Palliative Care MattersWe need to ensure that palliative care becomes part of Canada’s universal healthcare model. That’s why Covenant Health has joined with many of Canada’s leading national health organizations and experts in palliative care and health policy to lead this initiative. 


 This Action Plan lays out Health Canada’s five-year plan to tackle issues uncovered through the development of the Framework. It aims to improve quality of life for people living with life-limiting illness, families and caregivers, and enhance access, quality of care and health care system performance. It complements current financial support to provinces and territories under the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities.

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In late 2017, the Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada was passed by Parliament with all-party support. During the spring and summer of 2018, Health Canada consulted with provincial and territorial governments, other federal departments, and national stakeholders, as well as people living with life-limiting illness, caregivers and Canadians. The findings from that consultation, as well as the requirements outlined in the Act, provided the foundation for the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.


Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association:  CHPCA is the national leader in the pursuit of quality hospice palliative care in Canada through: public policy, education, knowledge translation, awareness, and collaboration.



Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons & Families Considering or Opting for Death by Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia - A Guide for Priests and Parishes - Guidelines

End-of-Life care in the Light of God’s Word - Click here.

Further Reading Material - Click here.

Interview with Katarina Lee, clinical ethicist at St. Boniface Hospital

- Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Decisions: What Catholics Need to Know - Click here.

- Avoiding the MAID Mindset: What Catholics Need to Know - Click here.

Helpful Approaches to end of life care for Caregivers

Health Care Directive

Information and form

Medical Assistance in Dying

Excerpt:  “The legalization of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) raises a host of complex ethical and practical challenges that have implications for both policy and practice. The CMA supports maintaining the balance between three equally legitimate considerations: respecting decisional autonomy for those eligible Canadians who are seeking access, protecting vulnerable persons through careful attention to safeguards, and creating an environment in which practitioners are able to adhere to their moral commitments.”


Webinar:  "Ethics and Medical Assistance in Dying" 

Passcode: i+&6=&RD


2018 End of life choices Workshop ppt presentations

To obtain copies of the PPT presentations, click on the following links:  




To view results of the Table discussions on MAID click here, and to view the Table discussion results on Suffering click here.