The Life Blanket Project

Live well. Die well.

Despite impressive medical advances, 100% of Canadians die. In fact, more than 259,000 Canadians die each year, and most die in old age. Of those, only a small proportion currently receives high quality hospice palliative end-of-life care. With the aging of our population, by 2026, the number of Canadians dying each year will increase by 40% to 330,000. By 2036, Canada will see more than 425,000 deaths a year.

Each of those deaths will affect the well-being of, on average, five other people – family and loved ones – or more than 1.25 million Canadians this year and more than 2 million Canadians by 2036.

The need is urgent and our capacity to respond is limited.

About the Life Blanket Project

The campaign focuses on partnering with notable Canadians; and community, business and government leaders who have agreed to promote a different way of looking at death and dying.

To help challenge public sentiment and attitudes towards death and dying, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association recruited The Honorable Sharon Carstairs (retired), Paul Lucas, Sheila McCarthy, Gordon Pinsent, Kevin Tierney and Reverend Brent Hawkes.

These notable Canadians then worked in collaboration with the Toronto School of Art, who recruited Canadian artists and art students to design a piece of artwork that would represent their life, through their own version of what a personalized life blanket would look like, using the blanket as a symbol of life-affirming art rather than one associated with grief, death, and fear.