Mai­son Aube Lu­miere speaks out on Bill 52

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Since 1997, the Mai­son Aube Lu­miere has pro­vided high qual­ity pal­lia­tive care to more than 2,500 people suf­fer­ing from cancer. The staff and vol­un­teers pro­vide phys­i­cal care and ac­com­pa­ni­ment, re­spond­ing to so­cial, psy­cho­log­i­cal and spir­i­tual needs.

Bill 52 rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of end-of-life care in our so­ci­ety. How­ever, as it is a sub­ject that touches our fun­da­men­tal val­ues, it arouses de­bate and leaves no-one in­dif­fer­ent. The pres­i­dent of Mai­son Aube Lu­miere, Elis­a­beth Briere, wants the pop­u­la­tion to know that the or­ga­ni­za­tion puts their pa­tients and their fam­i­lies at the heart of their ac­tions, ful­fill­ing its daily mis­sion of help­ing its pa­tients to die with dig­nity. “We are aware of the needs ex­pressed by the pop­u­la­tion to which Bill 52 aims to meet by of­fer­ing med­i­cal aid in dy­ing. Nev­er­the­less, we must pri­or­i­tize the re­quests of those dy­ing with cancer who wish to re­ceive care in a safe and peace­ful place, with re­spect of their au­ton­omy,” she com­mented.

Dur­ing the meet­ing of the Mai­son Aube Lu­miere’s Board of Di­rec­tors on June 17th, the ad­min­is­tra­tors again noted a lack of in­for­ma­tion about the ap­pli­ca­tion of the law now that it’s been adopted. Also, the knowl­edge and aware­ness of the larger pop­u­la­tion on the sub­ject is in­suf­fi­cient, fre­quently un­able to un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘pal­lia­tive se­da­tion’ and ‘med­i­cal help in dy­ing’. Even though the Mai­son Aube Lu­miereis is in favour of Bill 52, it in­tends, for now, to choose the op­tion of not of­fer­ing ‘med­i­cal help in dy­ing’ to its pa­tients with cancer.

It must be noted that this will af­fect very few of the pa­tients at the Mai­son Aube Lu­miere con­sid­er­ing that end-of-life pa­tients must be in con­stant and in­suf­fer­able phys­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal pain that can­not be re­duced to tol­er­a­ble lev­els to be el­i­gi­ble for ‘med­i­cal help in dy­ing’.

On the other hand, in light of new el­e­ments that are sure to come up in the com­ing year, the Mai­son will fol­low closely the evo­lu­tion of this file and will re-eval­u­ate its po­si­tion, at the lat­est, on July 1st, 2015. The Mai­son Aube Lu­miere would also like its ex­per­tise in pal­lia­tive care to be avail­able to the pop­u­la­tion to help in­crease their aware­ness on the sub­ject.

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