End of Life

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca The Huffington Post published a blog titled ‘Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying’  which was forwarded to me by my son.   Bronnie Ware,  the author, provides an important message about living without regret. Ms. Ware worked in palliative care and asked her patients if they had any regrets or would have done […]

Originally posted @ allaboutestates.ca Hot enough for you?  Perhaps pouring a bucket of ice cold water over your head is just what you need! Well fortunately for many, those that did participate in the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge raised over $16 million dollars for research into ALS. The great news is that this money was […]

Originally posted  @ArborMemorial There are some things that we can plan for and others we cannot. Death is a certainty for all of us, yet many of us find ourselves poorly prepared. Caring for and spending time with a loved one who is facing imminent death can be both rewarding and challenging. For those who […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca One of my favourite doctors to listen to is Dr. Brian Goldman. His interview last week and subsequent blog aptly called ‘Palliative care needs a new name’ struck a chord with me and I felt it was an important issue to share. The study referenced included a small sample size of 48 […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca I attended the funeral of one of our long time clients last week; a wonderful lady who lived a full 90 years. Two of her three grandchildren were her Powers of Attorney for Care. All three lived out of town, two in a different country. Her bank held her Power of Attorney […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca on September 29, 2015: Most of us avoid talking about death, but in reality many of us think about it regularly. It may be reading the obits or consideration of the Supreme Court ruling regarding physician assisted death; none of us know what the future brings but death is a certainty. We […]

Originally posted @ allaboutestates.ca on August 24, 2015: I read a recent report from the Home Care Ontario and I thought I would share some interesting facts about publicly funded home care. In Ontario, a day in hospital costs on average $842; a day in long-term care costs $126; and a day in home or […]

Originally published at allaboutestates.ca on July 8, 2015 There was a recent article in the Globe and Mail that highlights the need for a very important decision to be made, the decision to be an organ donor and more specifically to this article, bequeathing your body to science. Bequeathing your body to science helps educate […]

Originally posted at allaboutestates.ca on June 10, 2015 I spent last Saturday which was a beautiful and sunny day, attending a workshop on Advanced Directives. An interesting way to spend a Saturday afternoon, were the comments I received from family and friends. An Advance Care Directive (ACD) ‘is the document in which you make known […]

Originally posted at allaboutestates.ca on April 16, 2015: Today is National Advance Care Planning Day. If this blog is the only place you are hearing about Advance Care Planning today, then please share it, because it likely means you are not alone! This is the ‘Speak Up’ campaign and by making this a National event, […]