Patients & Families
Patients and Families
Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on relief of suffering and improving the quality of life and dying for patients with advanced illness. The primary goal of Palliative Care is to provide  symptom management and comfort to patients throughout the illness experience.

Palliative care teams consist of physicians and nurses, as well as other health care providers. Palliative Care programs are in place in each area across the province to support patients and loved ones. 

For more information on Palliative Care, read Palliative Care Explained or see the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Directory

Preparing for your own or a loved one’s death is difficult and very emotional. The Department of Health & Wellness, in collaboration with CCNS, have created a booklet, entitled "Preparing for Death and Dying" which is designed to help you and your family prepare for end of life care.

View information about QEII Health Sciences Centre Palliative Care program.

The following organizations offer information about hospice and palliative care: 

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is the national association that provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada. CHPCA offers leadership in the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened. This website includes a Canadian directory of related services, information about the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition, and other resources. 

Canadian Virtual Hospice is the most comprehensive online source of evidence-based information on advanced illness, palliative care, loss and grief in the world (Fassbender, 2015). It serves people living with advanced illness, family members, health care providers, educators and researchers. This organization also developed MyGrief.ca for families looking for ways to cope with the loss of a loved one and LivingMyCulture.ca which shares the stories and wisdom of members of 11 cultures about serious illness and grief.

Health Canada: Palliative Care Info Sheet for Seniors
This web page provides answers to eight common questions about palliative care.

Living Lessons
Living Lessons is a national initiative to increase awareness of hospice palliative care services in Canada. The campaign is presented in partnership with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association
is the provincial body for hospice and palliative care in Nova Scotia.

You may also find it helpful to read the Canadian Cancer Society's booklet, “Living with Advanced Cancer”