Welcome to the Covenant Health
Palliative Education and Research Day!

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2021 Theme

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

“Ensuring that the needs and wishes of each person with a life-limiting illness and their family are understood”

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.

Join the #PERD2021 Conversation! 

For your benefit, the institute will be providing live-tweet commentary on the conference via Twitter as well as opening and closing remarks on LinkedIn. Join the conversation on social media by using the key hashtags and mentioning our Twitter accounts. 

Notes for Twitter users

  • When tweeting about the conference from your own Twitter accounts, please be sure to include the institute’s Twitter handle (@CHPalliative) as well as the conference hashtag (#PERD2021).

  • As the conference will be running concurrent sessions, you are encouraged to tweet about content from whichever sessions you choose to attend for the benefit of other conference participants.

  • When starting a Twitter message with an account name (e.g. @CHPalliative), be sure to put a period before the Twitter handle so that it shows up in the main feed—unless it’s a question directed at a specific Twitter user.

  • Feel free to include screenshots from presentations in your tweets—visual content is always more engaging.

  • The Tinyurl app is a free service that will convert web links into shortened URL for Twitter purposes (unless you have a Bit.ly subscription or another shortener you prefer).

  • Feel free to post about the event on Facebook or LinkedIn; just please be sure to embed the institute’s name in your posts so that it shows up in our feed.

Key hashtags






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Collaboration with CVH

We are very fortunate to collaborate and partner this year with the Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH). The talented individuals at CVH contributed to our program.  Their knowledge, expertise and national network were instrumental in assembling an impressive panel of Grief specialists from across Canada.  The panel discussion participants will share learnings and strategies on grief and bereavement that can be implemented and are transferrable across professions.  We encourage you to join us on October 25, 2021 to take part. 


Please register for the conference to also gain access to the dedicated CVH Tab in the Delegate Only section of the website to learn more about the CVH and engage with their organization.

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Registration offers access to presentation recordings and delegate only content until December 31, 2021



At the end of the conference, through concurrent sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Identify palliative care needs in their community;

  • Recognize compassionate values and moral decision-making in palliative care;

  • Distinguish the mechanisms of physical, emotional, spiritual and social distress;

  • Review methods of controlling symptoms of life-limiting disease;

  • Describe patient and family-centered care and support for the inter-professional approach.


In addition, participants will be able to identify how to:

  • Create a supportive environment to enhance staff wellness;

  • And examine new research findings, both in progress and completed.