Buddhist Hospice Care in the Greater Toronto Area

This preliminary research project investigates the needs of the Buddhist community in the GTA for specialized hospice care for the dying. The number of Buddhists in Ontario increased 96% between 1991 and 2001, according to Statistics Canada, with the vast majority of Buddhists living in the Toronto area. While in other parts of the world, there are groups who specialize in Buddhist-oriented care of the chronically and terminally ill, in Toronto such an organization is greatly needed.

PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS

This project is now being developed by a group that meets periodically and records its progress on a blog, http://buddhisthospicecareproject.blogspot.com/. For more information about the group's activities, contact Helen Craigie.

PROJECT RESEARCHERS

In 2006-07 the project's research was conducted by Jasmine Baetz and Susanna Redekop of the University of Toronto as part of a Research Opportunity course in the Department for the Study of Religion.

 

HOSPICE POLICY FAQ

Starting up a new hospice; Funding; Access; Training; Standards; Ethical Issues; Resources

RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Buddhism and Hospice Care
Buddhism and Death
Buddhism and End of Life
Hospice Care and Death in Asian Countries
Hospice Care and Death in North America
General Hospice Care
Hospice Care in the Toronto Area

Hospice and Religion in General
Alternative Hospice Care

Hospice and Policy
Buddhism, Death, and Hospice in Audio, Film and Video

REFLECTIONS

Student reflections on reading about Buddhism and hospice care - a guide to initial study.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • research views on death and the process of dying in Buddhism in general and in Buddhist communities in Toronto
  • create bibliographies of scholarly, popular and media writings on the topic
  • investigate hospice care policies for minority groups in Canada and elsewhere
  • interview local Buddhists about their experiences with hospice care
  • encourage public involvement through lectures
  • fundraise for the creation of a Buddhist hospice centre in the GTA

 

This site was last updated December 3, 2007.

EXTERNAL RESOURCES

Buddhist Hospice Directory

Buddhism in Canada Directory

Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto

U of T Joint Centre for Bioethics

A History of Hospice Care

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Ontario Palliative Care Association

Toronto Palliative Care Network

Hospice Association of Ontario

PalCare Network for York Region

EXTERNAL READING LISTS

Buddhist Articles and eBooks on Death and Dying

Zen Hospice Reading List

 

 

PAST LOCAL EVENTS

An Educational Conference on Palliative Care: Caring for the Dying in a Multicultural Society - Friday, April 28, 2006, Toronto

IN THE NEWS

Hospice care in the local news