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Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities

The Compassionate Communities movement focuses on the importance of supportive community networks in providing palliative care. At its core, the movement is about improving the quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families by encouraging people and community groups to provide assistance and practical support to people who are sick, dying, caregiving or grieving.

Pillars of the Compassionate Communities theory of practice include:

  • Reducing the public stigma around the topics of death and dying
  • Broadening public perceptions of palliative care
  • Creating grassroots networks of support for health and social care workers involved in caring for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their loves ones

The Compassionate Communities model brings together individuals and families, civic leaders, charitable organizations, faith communities and other community groups to maximize support for people and their caregivers.

One way of implementing the Compassionate Communities model is by launching a Compassionate City Charter, which acts as a guide for municipalities to building more supportive communities and driving social change.

As part of the commitment to a Compassionate Community, Covenant Health was awarded the designation of a Canadian Compassionate Company (CCC) by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) in September 2021 in recognition of Covenant’s policies to support employees involved in caring for a loved one.

in 2018 the Palliative Institute centred its annual Palliative Education and Research Day conference on the theme of Compassionate Communities. You can read about it in this article from The Vital Beat.

You can also read more about the Compassionate Communities movement on the Compassionate Communities UK site. This movement is advanced in Canada through the work of Bonnie Tompkins, Compassionate Communities National Lead at Pallium Canada.