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Topic-Specific Open Drop-In Session - "Cultural Perspectives"
Topic-Specific Open Drop-In Session - "Cultural Perspectives"

Mon, Jan 20



Topic-Specific Open Drop-In Session - "Cultural Perspectives"

These 90 minute monthly drop-in sessions provide a supportive environment for individuals to connect with others who understand their experiences. Each session focuses on a specific theme and includes activities designed to promote healing and self-expression.

Time & Location

Jan 20, 2025, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST


About the event

Join us for an insightful session exploring cultural beliefs and attitudes towards end-of-life care, focusing particularly on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Discover how cultural perspectives influence decisions, family dynamics, and perceptions of stigma surrounding end-of-life options.

Participants will engage in  exploring ethical dilemmas through scenario-based discussions.   

Here's how the activity will unfold:

  1. Participants will be presented with two scenarios involving MAiD, depicting different situations and perspectives. 
  2. Groups will discuss ethical considerations, cultural influences, and potential consequences of each decision. 
  3. Solutions and reflections will be shared, considering diverse viewpoints and ethical principles.

Activity Worksheet:

Scenario 1:  Maria, a 75 year-old woman with terminal cancer, considers MAiD to end her suffering.     

Scenario 2:  Laila, a 45 year-old woman with a degenerative neurological condition, navigates conflicting religious beliefs and the consideration of MAiD.  

Discussion Questions:     

How do cultural beliefs about death influence decisions regarding end-of-life care options like MAiD?    

How do cultural stigmas and taboos surrounding death affect our ability to discuss end-of-life care openly?

  • Open to all - including those who are considering/pursuing, supporting someone choosing, grieving a MAiD loss, and/or professionals/volunteers
  • Sessions are facilitated on Zoom by trained volunteer(s)
  • No counselling is provided and participation is voluntary
  • No cost – suggested donation of $5 per person is appreciated


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