Promote support for vulnerable people in all circumstances and at all stages of their lives.
Defend the dignity, equality, and the intrinsic value of the life of any person living with a disability, suffering from an acute or chronic illness, or in old age.
Promote access to quality palliative care for all in the setting that best meets the needs of the patient.
Raise public awareness on issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide; at the same time to counter both unduly burdensome and ineffective medical treatment, euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Advocate for a legislative and ethical framework favourable to the development of palliative care and opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Ways to reach our goals
1. Networking with organizations and individuals who share our values
Living with Dignity cultivates an effective network of exchanges and establishes meaningful relationships with individuals and groups who share its concerns and objectives. In addition, we work with politicians, health professionals, associations of people with disabilities and organizations interested in joining forces in a spirit of social solidarity.
2. Participation in public debate
Living with Dignity participates in public debate by speaking out in the public sphere through health professionals, as well as through citizens determined to make a difference in their community. We promote access to quality palliative care for all, in the setting that best meets the needs of the patient; we celebrate the contribution of families and friends who accompany people at the end of life; and we highlight the various issues related to the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
3. Research and information gathering
Living with Dignity is concerned with the evaluation of the quality of care at the end of life and opts for a grassroots approach in order to better identify the main concerns of the population. Our positions are based on the latest information to promote quality end-of-life care without the practice of euthanasia (or “medical aid in dying”) and assisted suicide. Research and information gathering include literature reviews, inter-agency research and information sharing, the identification of effective and exemplary models of palliative care and services, media monitoring, etc.
4. Public and media awareness campaign
Living with Dignity firmly believes that it is urgent to raise awareness among the general public and the media of the major issues related to euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the various palliative care services available to people at the end of life. Education is carried out through the production of educational materials, the organization of events, public debates, and information campaigns. We collaborate with existing networks of organizations and with individuals who wish to participate.
5. Outreach and support
Living with Dignity recognizes the need to develop and support community-based compassionate care services that emphasize the preservation of the dignity of all human life and the importance of supporting families and individuals at the end of life in our community. We recognize that vulnerable people, their loved ones, and their families are most directly threatened by the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.