HHA Death Cafes are leading the Canadian movement "to increase awareness of death with a view to help people make the most of their (finite) lives."
Medical Assistance in Dying is one of the most requested topics for HHA Death Cafe participants and we are proud to provide this important and open forum.
Objectives for attending our MAID Death Café:
to share our thoughts, feelings and emotions around MAID
to create a safe space to discuss the legalization of MAID and the emerging laws on MAID and Mental Health
to discuss the impact MAID has on families and loved ones
Food for thought: what would be YOUR breaking point? Have you considered what might make you ask for MAID?"
Meet your Facilitator: Leslie Shafran Diana Pathway Program Manager and
MAID Subject Matter Expert
Leslie is a registered Social Worker, certified Death Doula and a Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) coordinator, educator and advocate. Passionate about all forms of end-of-life care, Leslie brings a wealth of experience supporting folks through the dying journey in a variety of settings. Leslie has experience working in trauma, critical care, palliative care and community settings, walking alongside folks of all ages and backgrounds through their dying journey. As a Death Doula, Leslie specializes in working with clients who are inquiring about, being assessed for, and accessing MAID, as well as their families and loved ones. Leslie is a passionate advocate for empowering Canadians to both live and die with dignity, and is a staunch supporter of end-of-life rights in Canada. Finally, Leslie is committed to upholding Diana's legacy, and is honored to be enacting Diana's vision for MAID clients to seize autonomy in their own dying journey.
Leslie serves as the Program Manager & MAID Subject Matter Expert for the Home Hospice Association, and is looking forward to sharing with you all where this journey will take us next. Stay tuned to learn more about the new and improved Diana Pathway!
While Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) became legal in Canada in June 2016, it remains a controversial, complex and deeply personal issue. The goal of legalizing a medically assisted death was to offer Canadians who were experiencing “insufferable pain” the option to end their life with the assistance of a Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. Since June 2016, there have been more than 13,000 reported medically assisted deaths in Canada (Government of Canada: Source New Medical Assistance in Dying becomes Law). Those who seek access, and those whose loved ones may opt to receive a MaiD procedure often feel stigmatized and unsupported. As a result, this is an important HHA Death Café in our portfolio as it helps to destigmatize death through holding open dialogue in a safe non-judgmental space.