1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer. Many do not receive palliative care, or receive it too late for optimal support.

Access to palliative care is inconsistent or inadequate across this country. In Atlantic Canada, fewer than half of all people who die in hospital receive palliative care (Right to Care: Palliative Care for all Canadians, CCS, 2015). Across Canada, many individuals do not even receive an assessment for palliative care; or if they do, it is in the last few weeks of life.

Palliative care supports choice and comfort at end-of-life: but conversations surrounding palliative care are often difficult for patients, care givers, and family members to have. Findings from this study will be used to create tools to open the conversation about palliative and end-of-life-care that will benefit patients, families, healthcare professionals, and students.


We have completed interviews for the project.

Interviews are being used to create an arts-based tool in the form of a play that will be presented in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto.

Anticipated premiere of the play in Halifax is the end of June and in Toronto and Montreal at the end of July and early August, 2017

Watch for more information about the play and updates.


Even though we are no longer accepting participants for this project we would still love to hear from anyone who has lost a family member to cancer, is currently caring for someone with advanced cancer or individuals living with advanced cancer.

If you would like to share your story with our research team, we would love to hear them and post them on our site to share with the public. Your important contribution will help provide greater understanding of the palliative care experience for health care workers and inform person-centred quality palliative care.

Please email Principal Investigator Dr. Brenda Sabo or Research Assistant Sam Hachey to share your written stories.

Dr. Brenda Sabo
Principal Investigator

Ms. Samantha Hachey
Research Assistant

This study has received ethics approval from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA REB ROMEO FILE # 10203061) and the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Quebec (JGH REB file #16-008 )

Funding support for the 2016 PEACE PROJECT is through the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute