About the Project
Dr. Konia Trouton, Dr. Chloe Lemire-Elmore, Rosanne Beuthin from Island Health, and their colleagues explored bereavement support among providers offering Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) within Island Health. The physician offering MAID is often not the primary care provider for the patient, as thus, may not have an ongoing relationship with the patient’s family. The study sought to understand the extent to which MAID providers felt able to offer bereavement support to families experiencing MAID. They found that MAID providers saw bereavement following a medically assisted death to be unique and that consequently, bereavement support tailored to these realities is essential. As a result of the findings of this study, a guide to support healthy grieving for patients and their families experiencing MAID is now available.