The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1991. The association is proud of the work it accomplished in partnership with countless organizations, physicians, nurses, government representatives, researchers, staff, and volunteers to ensure all Canadians have equal and equitable access to quality hospice palliative care.  

In honour of CHPCA’s 30th anniversary, we are looking back at the history of hospice palliative care in Canada and all the work the association achieved since its founding. We are grateful to all those who contributed to CHPCA’s continued success; your work has been instrumental in strengthening the hospice palliative care community across the country.  

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Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross publishes her landmark book “On Death and Dying” featuring over 500 interviews with dying patients. The book was notable for identifying the five stages through which many terminally ill patients progress and for the way it challenged the medical profession’s view of dying patients at the time.   Note: While this model of grief is still widely […]


Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, opens St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England.