Covenant Health

32nd Annual Palliative Education & Research Day

My Grief - Your Grief: Grieving Together in Times of Loss

Monday, October 25, 2021

Online Virtual Conference

We will continue this year with an online conference. Our first priority remains the health and safety of delegates, our colleagues, exhibitors and the communities in which we live and work.

The Call for Abstracts is now open with a submission deadline of Friday, April 30, 2021.

Conference details and the registration link will be available in June. Details will be updated as they become available on our conference specific website at

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My Grief -- Your Grief: Grieving Together in Times of Loss

Grief is a response to our many losses – losses arising from deaths of significant people in our lives, as well as other important life transitions, including losses of opportunities, relationships, employment, and social connections.

Grief is a unique experience that affects many dimensions of a person’s life – emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. There is no one way to grieve.

However, grief is also a universal experience. During this past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced significant losses. There are many ways to connect our personal grief experiences with the grief experiences of others - within our relationships, our work settings, and our communities. There is so much that we can learn from each other.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to attend in October and get involved in discussions about diverse grief experiences and learnings across a range of topics, during keynote presentations and breakout sessions.

Conference objectives

  • Heighten awareness of palliative care needs in our community
  • Increase knowledge of the mechanisms of physical, emotional, spiritual and social distress
  • Provide better understanding of methods of controlling symptoms of life-limiting disease
  • Improve understanding of patient- and family-centered care
  • Improve understanding and support for the inter-professional approach
  • Heighten awareness of compassionate values and moral decision making in palliative care
  • Create a supportive environment to enhance staff wellness
  • Provide opportunity for interaction between colleagues in palliative care
  • Provide a forum for dissemination of new research findings, both in progress and completed

Call for Abstracts

The Call for abstracts is now open. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is Friday, April 30, 2021.

Please click here to submit an abstract:

Plenary speakers

Keep checking back for more details

Registration Information and Link

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A copy of the syllabus will be available prior to the conference.

Become an exhibitor

Covenant Health invites you to join us for our local Palliative Education & Research Day. We are delighted to host this event annually. This year we have changed to a virtual format.

Exhibitors of the conference will have the special opportunity to market to hundreds of professionals in health care, research and education.
The conference provides an interactive platform to highlight your organization and network with individuals from around the province who come together in the spirit of promoting scholarly collaboration and discovery of clinical education and research.

Please contact Loretta Harbison at or 780.735.9637, or Viki Muller at 780.735.7493.


Concurrent Session Presentations

Information available in June 2021