Lifelong Living: plain talk about palliative care

April 8th, 2014

The Lifelong Living Public Forum featured a thoughtful conversation about the role of palliative care in helping people live as well as they can for as long as they can.

The free public forum, held on May 5, 2014 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, was presented by the Palliative Care Program at Providence Health Care and supported by St. Paul’s Foundation in recognition of National Palliative Awareness Week, which ran from May 5-10, 2014.

The forum included a keynote presentation by Dr. Harvey Chochinov, a distinguished professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, entitled “Maintaining dignity in the face of illness.” Chochinov’s internationally-acclaimed research has shown how a personal sense of dignity can make the difference between a person’s wish to live or die. His presentation touched on what dignity really means to people, and how health professionals, family caregivers and patients themselves can safeguard and promote dignity during the most difficult times.

View a video of Dr. Harvey Chochinov’s presentation at the Public Forum

View a video of Dr. Harvey Chochinov’s presentation to staff at St. Paul’s