Changing how people are cared for at the end of life.

The health care system is not prepared to provide quality palliative care to the growing number of patients at end of life. Too often providers focus on treatments and cure and not on quality of life and symptom management – the focus of a palliative care approach. It is a systematic problem when you consider the lack of trained health care professionals, equipment, facilities and funding.

The need for innovation has never been more critical.

Recognizing this, Dr. Hsien Seow has been on a lifelong crusade to change and improve not only the way we die, but how well we spend our final days, weeks, months and even years. And he’s made it his life’s work to improve how patients, and their families, live with, and die from, terminal illnesses.

Whether you’re a researcher, a policymaker or a health care professional, it is our hope this website arms you with the information you need, and the inspiration it takes, to join us in improving our health care system and how it cares for the sick and dying. Together we can make a difference.

NEW: Caregiver Michael Shorgan shares his personal journey.

Michael knew his mother was dying.  The doctors told him she had 6-12 months left, but she died just 28 days later.  “Can I get her into palliative?”  he asked… “No, you heard the doctors, she is not palliative.”  Watch Michael’s Story to learn more.

Caregiver Interviews

Hear about the highs and lows of caring for loved ones who are dying–and what is and isn’t working currently.

The Change Guide

The results of years of extensive research have been distilled down to five actionable and definitive steps.

Palliative Care Champions

Hear directly from experts on how you can become a palliative care champion in your community.

Hsien Seow, Ph.D   “My Story”

Only ten years old when his mother died of cancer, Hsien Seow has made it his life’s work to improve how patients, and their families live with, and die from, terminal illnesses. This video gives us some insight into a personal journey that resulted in his becoming an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and the former Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair; and also what led to his research on community-based palliative care.