The Future of Dying:
Hospice Palliative Care in the Next 10 Years

We invite interprofessional clinicians, administrators, district health authority representatives, and volunteers to the Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake, 88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, to attend the NSHPCA annual conference from May 8 to 10, 2014.

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About this year’s conference

Enhance your clinical skills and gain a greater understanding of the context of hospice palliative care in Nova Scotia in the next 10 years. Engage with conference speakers on topics like advance care planning, terminal sedation, anticipatory grief and bereavement; mindfulness and self-care for professionals; choices at end-of-life; and the way forward for our practice and service delivery.

We welcome Dr. Doris Barwich, keynote speaker and Gillian MacMichael lecturer, BC Centre for Palliative Care, Surrey, B.C.; and speakers Dr. Fred Burge, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.; Dr. Mervyn Dean, Western Health, Corner Brook, N.L.; Dr. Marie-Claude Grégoire, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, N.S.; Rev. David Maginley, Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, N.S.; Nanci Corrigan, Advance Care Planning in Canada Initiative, Channel 3 Communications, Kingston, O.N.; Jeanne Desveaux, Law Practice of Jeanne Desveaux, Halifax, N.S.; and Wanda Baker, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, N.S.

We also welcome moderators and panelists Christy Simpson, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.; Dr. David Henderson, Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Truro, N.S.; Steven Estey, Disabled Peoples’ International, Halifax, N.S.; Sheila Sperry, Dying with Dignity, Halifax, N.S.; Brenda Payne, Halifax, N.S.; The Rev. Canon Dr. Jody Clarke, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, N.S.; and Cassandra Yonder, BEyond Yonder Death Midwifery, North River, N.S.

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Conference learning objectives

  • Further enhance your understanding of the context of hospice palliative care in the next 10 years.
  • Become familiar with end-of-life initiatives and best practices from Fraser Health Authority in Surrey, British Columbia that might inspire your work and enhance professional practice in Nova Scotia.
  • Learn about some of the latest Nova Scotia-based research and recommendations for integrating hospice palliative care and primary care that can be applied in your day to day practice.
  • Attend concurrent sessions designed to enrich the clinical skills of healthcare professionals: terminal sedation, anticipatory grief and bereavement; advance care planning; and mindfulness and self-care.
  • Consider the opinions of leading members of the healthcare community during two informative and relevant panel presentations and participant discussion. During Challenge Panel 1, panelists explore recent developments and perspectives that will help practitioners counsel and inform patients on end-of-life choices. During Challenge Panel 2, panelists explore ways Nova Scotia can move forward in providing hospice palliative care in the next 10 years.


The 2014 conference program was supported in part by educational grants provided by:

Banquet – Contributing Sponsor

Dignity Memorial

Presenting Level Sponsor

QE2 Health Sciences Centre Foundation

Gold Level Sponsor

Cancer Care NS

Bronze Level Sponsors

Purdue Pharma


  • Bayshore Home Health
  • Braemed Ltd.
  • IWK Health Centre
  • MediGas Praxair Canada
  • Pendopharm


Thursday, May 8
4:30 PM Registration Opens
7:00 PM-9:00 PM Wine & Cheese Reception / Welcome Lecture and Free Public Talk: Advance Care Planning: It’s How We Care for Each Other
Friday, May 9
7:30 AM Yoga/Meditation
8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM Conference Opens
9:15 AM Opening Plenary, Dr. Fred Burge: The Role of Primary Care in Hospice Palliative Care
10:00 AM Break (provided)
10:30 AM Second Plenary, Dr. Doris Barwich (Gillian MacMichael Lecturer): Integration of Hospice Palliative Care and the Future of Our Practice
12:00 PM Lunch (provided) and NSHPCA Annual General Meeting
1:30 PM Concurrent Session 1A, Dr. Mervyn Dean and Dr. Marie-Claude Grégoire: Terminal Sedation
Concurrent Session 1B, Rev. David Maginley: Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement
2:45 PM Break (provided)
3:15 PM Concurrent Session 2A, Nanci Corrigan and Jeanne Desveaux: Advance Care Planning: Have You Started the Conversation Yet?
Concurrent Session 2B, Wanda Baker: Mindfulness and Self-care for Healthcare Professionals
6:00 PM Celebration of Life
6:30 PM-9:30PM Banquet (included in three-day and one-day registration)
Saturday, May 10
7:30 AM Interest Group Meetings
8:30 AM Opening Remarks and Reflections
8:45 AM Challenge Panel 1, The Future of Dying: Choices at the End-of-Life
10:00 AM Break (provided)
10:30 AM Challenge Panel 2, Hospice Palliative Care in Nova Scotia: The Way Forward
11:45 AM-12:00 PM Conference Closes