“As educators, we claim to prepare our students for life. We need to prepare them for death as well” (Ratner & Song, 2002, p. 15).
Pallium Canada is very interested in working with the educational system using a public health approach to promote the development of compassionate schools and increased access to death education. This compassionate school initiative will target schools of all levels to galvanize their capacity to develop educational communities that have the knowledge, skill and resources to support their members as they face the reality of dying and death, their own and of those they love.
This is particularly relevant in Canada today as we are seeing recommendations resulting from the decision on Carter v. Canada from groups such as the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians calling for an increase in education in schools about death and the dying process (http://www.cspcp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/CSPCP-Federal-Panel-Submission-Oct-22-2015-FINAL.pdf)