Saying Goodbye The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the CHPCA Champion’s Council announce the launch of the “Saying Goodbye” campaign. We are calling on health authorities to implement a more compassionate approach to end-of-life visitations across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While certain provinces have taken steps to relax visitation protocols for end-of-life situations, many hospitals and long-term care homes still do not allow family access, even with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Every Canadian deserves the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, even in an unprecedented crisis such as COVID-19. There have been too many heartbreaking stories of families who were unable to say goodbye due to extreme restrictions on end-of-life visitations. While health and safety must continue to be paramount as we fight COVID-19, we can do better as a society by promoting a more compassionate, inclusive visitation protocol that embraces hospice palliative care principles and dying with dignity.