National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2017

May 7-13, 2017

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“Hospice Palliative Care is about living well. Right to the end.”

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We are often afraid to talk about end of life care issues because it’s about the unknown. But hospice palliative care is about living your life – and living it well - right to the end. You can’t know how or when that will be, but you can get informed about what may be available to you and share your wishes with your family and community. Creating an advance care plan can help you think about and focus on doing what’s important to you now and in the future.

For National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2017, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is calling on Canadians to conquer their fear and commit to 2 things:

  1. Learn about Hospice Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning – what they mean, and what you think you may want (or know you won’t want) when the time comes; and
  2. Make a “bucket list”: Your top 5 things to do before you die, and share it on social media using #Top5WhileImAlive or #vivrebienjusqualafin.

Click on the images below to download CHPCA's Bucket List Selfie template:

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Bucket List Guidelines

  1. Print the "bucket list" template (or create your own) and fill out your Top 5 While I'm Alive list.
  2. Take a 'selfie' or photo of your list, or of you holding your list.
  3. Post your photo to your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) using the hashtag #Top5WhileImAlive and tag the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  4. Encourage your social media contacts/friends/family to create and share their own list on their social media accounts!  

By creating and sharing your bucket list, you are making a commitment to talk about living well - right to the end.

Facebook: CanadianHospicePalliativeCare
Twitter: @CanadianHPCAssn
Instagram: cdnhpcassn 

Sharons Top 5

CHPCA Executive Director, Sharon Baxter, sharing her #Top5WhileImAlive list.

Scroll down for more great downloadable resources!

Other Activities

  • Advocate for strong national and provincial hospice palliative care policy: You may not need hospice palliative care right now, but likely know someone who does: Of the roughly 260,000 Canadians who die every year, over 70% could benefit from some form of HPC but only a 1/3 of those are given the option. That can change with Federal and Provincial leadership to make HPC policy a priority.
  • Make an Advance Care Plan: Check out these resources to help you start the conversation.
  • Learn about The Way Forward National Framework: Hospice Palliative Care is about care in the setting of your choice and TWF provides a roadmap for how that can be implemented.
  • Volunteer: Did you know that in Canada, residential hospices and palliative care programs are largely staffed by volunteers? Check out CHPCA’s Directory of Services to find out how you can help in your very own community.
  • Donate: CHPCA is advocating 365 days a year for strong national Hospice Palliative Care policy to serve all Canadians. You can help make our voice stronger by making a donation of any amount at chpca.net/donate or by donating to your local hospice or palliative care program.
  • Participate in your local 'Hike for Hospice Palliative Care':  www.chpca.net/news-and-events/hike.

Hospice Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning: get informed about what your options are so you can focus on what’s important in your life.


Click on the images below to download print-ready pdf's of National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2017 posters! 

Posters are available in TWO print-ready pdf formats:

  • with crop lines for professional printing; or 
  • without crop lines for printing on your own colour printer.

Poster A (no crop lines):

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Poster B (no crop lines):

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Poster C (no crop lines):

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Poster D (no crop lines):

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Poster A (with crop lines):

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Poster B (with crop lines):

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Poster C (with crop lines):

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Poster D (with crop lines):

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CLICK HERE for French versions

National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2017 is brought to you in partnership with:


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