Step 7: Prepare for the Final Days As death approaches, sometimes individuals and families find comfort in preparing for these final days. This can help you and your family to know what to expect. To prepare for these final days, we invite you to visit the Canadian Virtual Hospice web site to learn more about: • How to prepare when death is near • What may happen after death • How to care for the body after death

Step 8: Dying at Home: EDITH Protocol The “Expected Death in the Home” (EDITH) is an Alberta Health Services protocol and supports end-of-life care in the home. It documents an individual’s express wishes to plan for pronouncement, or certification, of death in the home. Please ask your Home Care nurse for more information.

Step 9: Planning Your Funeral You can either pre-plan your funeral, or ask others to plan your funeral, before, or after death. • If you or your family require guidance with planning your funeral, please see the following booklet: “Saying Farewell: A Guide to Assist You with Preplanning and With the Death and Dying Process”. • Locally, Bow River Funeral Service can help you plan your funeral. Call Russ and Wendy Reynolds at 403-678-4880, Canmore, or 403-762-2159, Banff. • For advice on internment in the Canmore cemetery, the Town of Canmore can offer advice at 403-678-1599 (Lorna Kuhn, Parks Cemetery Coordinator). In Banff call 403-762-1240 (Operations Department) • Eco-friendly Cremation ❦ WHERE CAN I ACCESS INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING (MAID)? In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada passed legislation to allow eligible Canadians adults to request medical assistance in dying. For more information on MAiD, please see the following two web sites, and speak directly to your doctor and health care team. For Government of Canada: Medical Assistance in Dying: For Alberta Health Services: See also Disease Management , page 9 .


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