The New West Hospice Society is adopting the Compassionate City Charter, which is a framework to address 13 social changes/sectors to normalize dying, death and loss. The Charter invites the City to adopt policies that empowers people and families at end-of-life, and encourages collaborations between many municipal sectors:
- support policies for schools, workplaces, trade unions, churches/temples, hospices/nursing homes, museums/arts initiatives, institutions for the homeless
- host an annual peacetime memorial parade and an annual short story/arts competition
- celebrate and highlight compassionate organizations
- showcase our local government policies, services, funding opportunities, partnerships, and public events
- demonstrate an understanding of how diversity shapes the experience of ageing, dying, death, loss and care
Being a Compassionate City will change how we act and what we we believe to be true by encouraging people and organizations to talk about dying, death and loss. Everyone becomes a compassionate neighbour, knowing what to do and what to say to those that are experiencing end-of-life. We envision a city with open dialogue in coffee shops & schools and caring for our neighbours when they need it.