It’s a grim reality of cancer- some patients will require palliative care.

Palliative care is aimed at relief of an end-of-life patient’s suffering, and may include pain management care or tactics to soothe one’s emotional distress. Palliative care often involves caregiver relief support, too.

“It takes a community to provide care at the end of someone’s life. It’s time to ask ourselves: How can I help? Let’s share the care.” says CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Honorary Chair of National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

“This year our theme focuses on sharing the care. It’s about making the responsibility of caring for someone with a life-limiting illness a collective effort within your community,” added Sharon Baxter, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association‘s Executive Director. “Together we can all make a difference in the lives of those who are living with a life-limiting illness and those affected by it.”

It’s a good week to get to know the CHPCA and the wonderful work they do to ensure comfortable end-of-life care in Canada. If you or a member of your community is in need of support, please consult the Association’s online directory of Hospice Palliative Care services.

Looking to get involved? The CHPCA has event ideas and resources to help you make an impact in your community.  Please contact Linda Truglia, project coordinator at or 1-800-668-2785 ext. 228.