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100% Certainty Project Fosters Discussion about Aging, Death, and End-of-Life Care

09 April 2018

An incredible compassionate community initiative is taking root in Hamilton, Ontario, known as The 100% Certainty Project. Death: Something to Talk About.

The initiative is sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller, PX Dermody Funeral Homes, Hamilton Public Library, and Carpenter Hospice. The 100% Certainty Project uses books and other media to foster dialogue among citizens about death, dying, and end-of-life care. They have been running a series of free community engagement and education events since last year, including death cafés, grief workshops, discussion groups, and creative legacy workshops.


Their most recent event was an interprofessional death café open to health care professionals and students on March 27th. They featured When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanathi, read excepts from this extraordinary book, and at the conclusion of the evening, gave free copies of the book to a few lucky attendees. They then showed the remarkable TED Talk on what makes life worth living by Paul’s wife, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi. Attendees first heard some of Lucy's words from the book, and were later captivated as they listened to her insight and experience. They finished the eventing with a Death Café with a room full of clinicians and students.


In April, The 100% Certainty Project is hosting a three-part series about aging, death and grief called Tuesdays with “Morrie” at Dundas Library on April 10th, 17th, and 24th. On April 18th, they are running a film screening and discussion at the Hamilton Central Library about end of life care. The event will feature the book Extreme Measures by Dr. Jessica Nutek-Zitter as well as the remarkable Oscar-nominated short documentary Extremis about the decisions people face in the intensive care unit. The screening will be followed by discussion with palliative care clinicians and educators. The event hosts will also be sharing Advance Care Planning resources to promote National Advance Care Planning Day. More details came be found at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/100-certainty-initiative-17002323945


You can find out more about The 100% Certainty Project and their ongoing events at: http://www.talkaboutdeath.ca/

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