Death Cafes

(Medical Assistance in Dying)

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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. 

Home Hospice Association Death Doulas support those considering accessing MAID through The 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.  

On March 17, 2018 Diana Steinwald became HHA’s first MAiD client. 

As part of her legacy, she and her husband Dan gave us permission to name our Death Doula service for those considering and accessing MAiD, The Diana Pathway. 

As with all the work of our charity, demystifying MAiD is the most important first step to bringing a village to care for all at end of life without judgement.

During the pilot phase of the Diana Pathway Program we recognized that the traditional model of a Death Café was an integral part of the delivery of The Diana Pathway.


Learn more about The Diana Pathway here.