Final moments

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Providing comfort, care and dignity right up until the final moments of life is one of the most important and meaningful responsibilities of our health care system. As leaders in end-of-life care, Covenant Health’s Palliative Institute led Palliative Care Matters, a national initiative to create a consensus statement about what Canadians want and need at the end of life. The Covenant family is committed to ensuring every Albertan is provided with the information they need to make informed choices about palliative care. Our leadership work in Advanced Care Planning has helped Albertans and caregivers access the knowledge, expertise and resources to support them. Our goal is to alleviate suffering for patients and their families and to honour and respect the importance of the whole person as they approach end of life.  Last year, Carmel Hospice in St. Joseph’s Home in Medicine Hat benefited from the generous donation of a patient who recognized something as simple as having a double bed in which to lay with loved ones can make a difficult time a little bit easier.


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HOSPICE WEDDING FULFILLS LAST WISH

A couple’s wedding at Carmel Hospice in St. Joseph’s Home in Medicine Hat was a celebration during a time of grief. Staff, family and friends helped make their wish a reality.

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LIVING LIFE ON HER OWN TERMS

Advance care planning provides patients and residents the opportunity to make decisions about their future and share their wishes with family and caregivers.

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MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

People who witness palliative care provide insight and share their experiences as part of a lay panel at a national Palliative Care Matters consensus-building conference. A pastor shares his lived experiences.

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