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Established in 1994, the Council on Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organization comprised of volunteer members dedicated to increasing public awareness about palliative care, and public support for its availability within and beyond the McGill University network.

The Council aims to:      

  • promote access to quality palliative care in an efficient and timely manner for individuals of all ages and their families
  • provide leadership and support through dissemination of information, public education and training initiatives
  • advocate for the availability of, and equal access to, palliative care in our community

The Council is committed to the belief that everyone should be able to die without pain, surrounded by their loved ones, in the setting of their choice.


Palliative Care McGill in association with the Council on Palliative Care publish a bilingual newsletter entitled PALLIATIVE CARE in Action with interviews, research news, events and more.

Please CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE to access all the digital newsletters or click here to review previous Council issues.


A celebration of the life and legacy of Kappy Flanders

Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor and the Flanders family invited the public to a virtual memorial in celebration of the life and legacy of Kappy Flanders, friend, social activist and philanthropist. Her tremendous efforts led to the creation of the Kappy and Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine and the McGill Council on Palliative Care. Kappy also championed community outreach through the wildly popular Mini-Med and other “mini” lecture series at McGill, and helped establish the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning. June 18 at 12 pm.

Kappy Flanders
C.M., M.S.M., LL.D (Hon)

Dear Council members, PROJECTION Week Committee and Friends of the Council:

It's a very sad day. We are sorry to have to tell you, as most of you now know, that the Founder and Co-Chair of the Council, Kappy Flanders, died on 27 June.

She was a Champion of Palliative Care, colleague, mentor and friend to so many. The loss is great and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Please follow here to review  two wonderful tributes from Dr. Bernard Lapointe, Kappy and Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine at McGill, 
and Dr. David Eidelman, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill.

Suzanne O'Brien and John Sanford
The McGill Council on Palliative Care





Dr. Bernard Lapointe

Bernard J Lapointe, O.C.


on being nominated as an Officer of the Order of Canada. This honorific distinction, was conferred to him by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada.

It is such a well-deserved climax to your career as a dedicated practitioner, educator and promoter of palliative care in Canada.
Thank you for all you have done.

This honorific distinction, amongst the highest in this country, was conferred to him by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada. Such a well deserved honour!


Listen to CBC interview

Bal Mount


on receiving the AAHPM Award Winner 2023: Presidential Citation

Dr. Mount, a Canadian surgeon, is widely considered the father of palliative care in North America. The founding Director of the Royal Victoria Hospital Palliative Care Service, Palliative Care McGill, and the McGill Programs in Integrated Whole Person Care, Dr. Mount, has been instrumental in building palliative care services in Canada. Dr. Mount is the Eric M. Flanders Emeritus Professor of Palliative Care at McGill University. In 1985, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada to recognize his extraordinary work in caring for the seriously ill.


suzanne O'Brien

Suzanne O'Brien

Congratulations to Suzanne O'Brien for receiving the West Island Palliative Care Residence BERNARD LAPOINTE Award which is given "in honour of an individual, family or group who made a significant contribution to educating professionals and the public in the field of palliative care."


Recently in the media

Palliative Care in a time of Covid

“As we take stock of masks, gloves, and ventilators, we must also be ready to dig deep into our reserves of patience, communication, and compassion.” 
Nathan A. Gray, MD


Palliative care doctors are urging people to have a conversation about what they would want if they, or their loved ones, became seriously unwell with coronavirus.

Palliative Care in Times of COVID
The Ink Vessel - Nathan Gray, M.D. - Cartoons on Life and Medicine

This is a wonderful library resource for caregivers and palliative care among other themes.

If you have question about a suggested reading list, this resource is exactly that!


For staff at St. RAPHAEL'S, helping people prepare for death is a calling.
A feature article in the Montreal Gazette discussing Montreal's first palliative day care centre.


The Burden of Care : A three page feature in the April 13, 2019 weekend Globe and Mail examining the ever growing concerns of caregiving which an increasing number of people are now coping with.

Interesting article in the Globe and Mail June 19, 2019,
Importance of estate and incapacity planning can never be underestimated

A Death in the I.C.U.

For some patients, the intensive care unit is the right place to be, even if there is no cure in sight.
Comments on the article are also worth reading.

From the New York Times

What Dying Looks Like

An article in the New York Times Sunday review February 2017

One Man's Quest to Change the Way We Die. 

An article in the New York Times Magazine featuring B. J. Miller - the guest speaker at the Council's 2016 annual Sandra Goldberg lecture "The Civics of Dying Well".


Projection Week

The Projection Week project was a great success;
from the surveys that have been returned so far there were
over 3,000 attendees from a wide area in Montreal,
and ​​​​​​there were 148 events; 24 French, 35 bilingual, 88 English and 1 Arabic;
covering a wide variety of topics related to end of life issues.

For a wonderful pictorial summary please click here

For more information, please visit the Projection Week web site at projectionweek.ca


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The Government of Quebec now has an Advance Medical Directive Register.
Quebec residents can request a form, fill it in and send it back to the Government.
Click here for more information.




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