The deVeber Institute and the discussion of palliative care, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
The deVeber Institute and its supporters have contributed to the discussion on end-of-life issues over the last 30 years:
Experts Talk and Roast Beef Dinner Buffet, $20
Thursday September 30th, 2010
Huron House Restaurant
1345 Huron Street, London, ON
Cocktails 6pm, Dinner 7pm
Dr. L.L. deVeber MD, FRCPC
Jean Echlin, RN, MSN
At an evening co-hosted by L'Arche Toronto and the deVeber institute, three speakers share the challenges and joys of caring for people who are at the end of their lives.
Susan Morgan, MDiv, community chaplain with Saint Elizabeth Health Care, York Region, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Paul Zeni, MD, family physician and palliative care consultant for North Halton, Ontario, Canada
Jane Powell, graduate of a Certificate Program in Grief and Bereavement and co-facillitator of a grief group for members of L'Arche Toronto with developmental disabilities.
Quebec physicians who are proposing legal euthanasia misleadingly equate the use of analgesics for pain relief with euthanasia. Palliative care involves taking care of the patient unto death. It involves appropriate pain relief, but does not kill the patient and should not be confused with euthanasia. The legitimate medical practise of palliative care allows a person to die with a sense of dignity and respect, by caring for the person’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Rather than proposing euthanasia, the Quebec College of Physicians could invest more resources into palliative care, which allows the dying to live the best that they can while they're dying.
Click on the attachment to see a two part article written by the pioneering palliative care nurse and deVeber Institute Advisor, Jean Echlin.
Part 1: A Real Danger
Part 2: Real Hope for the Dying
Originally published October 28th, 2008.