My dad chose to have MAiD July 25, 2018. I remember leading up to the day clearly hearing certain family members say, “I wish we could call someone who has been through this process.” I personally would have really liked to have spoken to someone when I was in that moment of uncertainty and nervousness, that moment when I realized the clock was ticking and my dad would soon leave us. To speak to someone about what it was like for them in that same moment, someone who could truly understand where I was at. I feel this would have been potentially very valuable to me and my family.
I began my journey back in 2019, connecting with healthcare professionals across Canada who were involved in MAiD trying to find out if such a resource existed. After much time and effort to make these connections, it became clear that I had identified a gap. It was unanimous amongst those I spoke to that this type of support is needed.