The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls all people of faith to join nationwide in 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care on May 4, 2016. This is designed to take place during the National Hospice
Palliative Care Week (organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) as a profound witness to the sanctity of human life.
There is a pressing need for all Canadians to have greater accessibility to palliative care. This end-of-life care is true compassion. It allows individuals who are facing death not to be burdened by pain and suffering but to receive the necessary support that respects their human dignity both physically and spiritually rather choosing physician-assisted death as a desperate last resort.
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association notes “Only 16% to 30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services – depending on where they live in Canada. Even fewer receive grief and bereavement services.” Also, “residential hospice palliative care pro-grams are still at least 50% funded by charitable donations, and families must bear part of the cost of dying at home, in long-term care – almost anywhere outside a hospital.”
You are also encouraged to sign the 12 Hours of Prayer Petition which reads:
“WHEREAS hospice palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their fami-lies facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffer-ing by means of early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual; and
WHEREAS hospice palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, affirms life, re-gards dying as a normal process, and intends neither to hasten nor postpone death; and
WHEREAS hospice palliative care is not specifically mentioned in the Canada Health Act; and
WHEREAS hospice palliative care is not accessible and available to all Canadians;
WE, the undersigned, residents of Canada, request the House of Commons in Parliament assembled:
TO specifically identify hospice palliative care as a defined medical service covered under the Canada Health Act so that provincial and territorial governments will be entitled to funds under the Canada Health Transfer system to be used to provide accessible and available hospice palliative care for all residents of Canada in their respective provinces and territories.”
All parishioners, family and friends are invited to join our CWL’s in prayer and solidarity on May 4th 8 am to 8 pm in your home or you may come to St. Dominic and pray. There will be a Mass hosted by the CWL on base in Holy Name Chapel at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Please join us in person or in prayer on May 4th.
Pope Francis reminds us, “Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in