A free public forum on Thursday may help people better understand what end-of-life care is all about.

The forum will highlight the steps along the way in the end-of-life care journey, including options such as palliative care, hospice care, hospital-based care, and in-home end-of-life care. Discussion will also focus on why it is important to plan ahead for end-of-life care.

Dr. Brian Goldman

CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman.

Two well-known speakers will take part: Dr. Brian Goldman, an emergency department physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and host of the national CBC radio program White Coat, Black Art, as well as Dr. Harvey Chochinov, a distinguished professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at Cancer Care Manitoba.

The forum will be held Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free of charge, and will include light refreshments and an expo featuring goods and services related to end-of-life care. 

The forum is being hosted by Health Sciences North, Maison Vale Hospice, Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the North East Community Care Access Centre.