community members in the park



community members in the park

What is a Compassionate Community?


A Compassionate Community recognizes that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss, occur every day. We want to build a collaborative society where people feel comfortable asking for and accepting help, and people and organizations are confident and ready to provide that help to those who ask.

In a compassionate community it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other during times of crisis and loss, and not simply the task of health professionals.

The compassionate communities’ movement was developed by Dr. Allan Kellehear, a medical and public health sociologist who started the initiative over 20 years ago in Australia and the United Kingdom.

…Dying is not fundamentally a medical event, rather it is an event that happens in a family and community. If dying is about living, loving and working with a life-threatening illness until one can no longer do so, the longer part of that lifestyle occurs outside formal health care institutions…. – Dr. Allan Kellehear

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Kingston estate lawyer Angela Fallow and her husband Dan Howes, a local critical care doctor, have some great tips for having advance care planning discussions with your Substitute Decision Maker. Read about their experiences with families, and why it’s so important to share your wishes.

PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE CARE.  Life can change in an instant!  Who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself?

Advance care planning workshops at the Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St: 2:30 – 4:15 pm, third Monday of each month

  To register, phone the Receptionist:  613 548-7810

Kingston Frontenac Library:  second Tuesday of the month 2 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m. (currently on Zoom). To register:

To arrange for a virtual Zoom workshop for yourself or a group:  contact