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St. Joseph's General Hospital Elliot Lake

Palliative Care

End of Life Care

We know end of life conversations are very difficult, but they are important. If your family member is not responding to life-supporting treatment and is believed to have an irreversible disease, a discussion should take place between your family and the health-care team regarding withholding any additional life-support. If death or a very poor quality of life is expected to the be the outcome of the illness and your family decides to withdraw or withhold further treatment, the health care team will meet with you to navigate how you would like to say goodbye to your loved one.

All decisions to limit treatment are made following careful consideration of your loved one’s medical condition and following discussions with your family and a Physician. The comfort of the patient is always our main priority.

Organ & Tissue Donation

If it is determined that your family member is not able to survive their current critical illness, the Trillium Gift of Life Network can offer an opportunity to donate your loved one’s organs and tissues. This donation may help others in need and provide meaning for your family at a time of sadness and loss. If you have any questions please ask your health care team to arrange for the Trillium coordinator to connect and discuss this option with you.

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  • Virtual Hospice
    Information and support on palliative and end-of life care, loss, and grief.
  • Cancer Care Ontario Palliative Care Tools
    Best-practice tools from around the world to support primary care providers in the delivery of palliative care.
  • Speak Up Ontario
    Materials and resources about advance care planning. Speak Up Ontario is an initiative of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario to improve awareness of Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning in the Province of Ontario. Ontario has unique requirements with respect to Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning and this website focuses on providing information, tolls, and resources specific to the Ontario legal context.
  • Trillium Gift of Life Network
    Trillium Gift of Life Network, part of Ontario Health, is responsible for delivering and coordinating organ and tissue donation and transplantation services across the province, as well as for planning, promoting and supporting all health care and allied professionals, advocates and the Ontario public in fulfilling their shared and integrated responsibilities in saving the lives of Ontarians waiting for a life-saving transplant.