OUR MAID STORIES
  • Amanda

    In our family, we have always been very open about death and dying. We talked about it regularly, which I learned over the years ...

  • Amy

    My father's illness came as a surprise to my family and me. It took 4 months to get a diagnosis and when things progressed that ...

  • Andrée

    Five years ago, my daughter Kimberly chose Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) after a very long, painful battle with cancer. Kim was diagnosed with cutaneous ...

  • Barb

    My mother Pat Vincent passed away using MAID on September 6, 2023. While I miss her terribly, I know too that her choosing her time ...

  • Bev

    My partner, Russ, passed away using MAID in April, 2022, after a diagnosis 7 weeks previously of pancreatic cancer. His brief but intense illness was ...

  • Bobbie

    Bobbie

    My adored husband of 50 plus years chose MAID after 23 years of living with Parkinson’s. He was an upbeat, positive and very funny guy. ...

  • Brittney

    My mom had an on-and-off battle with skin cancer (located in her jaw) for about 5 years. From the very beginning of her diagnosis she ...

  • Caroline

    My husband Reid was such a kind, happy, optimistic man. I was drawn to him immediately. At the time of his diagnosis, he was (as ...

  • Chantal

    My mom passed away with the help of MAID in Abbotsford, BC and I wanted to share her story in the hopes that it might ...

  • Cynthia Clark

    Cynthia

    Telling the kids What did you say to the kids? Will he die at home? ...

  • Dave B

    My beloved wife died on the 1st of September 2020 via MAID. Annie was a passionate artist and she loved her family, and me, ...

  • Dave L

    I was Annie’s partner for 31 years and for both of us every one of those years was filled with life, its joys, and ...

  • Evie

    I was stunned when my husband, who had multiple sclerosis and lung cancer, suddenly told us prior to the arrival of the palliative care team ...

  • Fiona

    My Dad died through the MAID program on June 1, 2022. I am Canadian by birth but have lived in Scotland for 25 years with ...

  • Ian

    My Dad died through the MAID program on June 1, 2022. My sister, Fiona, and I live in Scotland and Austria, respectively, so due to ...

  • Jana

    In 2018 my beloved mother chose to end her life with MAID. There was never any hesitation in her decision - after her congestive heart ...

  • Jane

    George, my husband of 25 years, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2015. This disease scars and damages the lung tissue, making it increasingly difficult ...

  • Jasmin

    My motivation to volunteer with MAID Family Support Society is quite personal. In April 2020, my mom took advantage of the medically assisted dying program ...

  • Jo-Anne

    In early January of 2018, at the age of 65, my very good friend and mentor, Jan, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The ...

  • Judy E

    My dad had MAID on October 18, 2019. It was his opportunity to gain some of his dignity back - dignity that had slowly been ...

  • Judy M

    I have two sisters and we lost our parents within a year of each other; our father first in September of 2020, followed by our ...

  • Jule

    In January 2018, my husband Wayne received his Alzheimer’s diagnosis from the Brain Health Center in Vancouver. Thus began our four-year odyssey ending January 6, ...

  • Kelley

    On the eve of a visit to his oncologist, my father took me aside and told me that I might hear something that would make ...

  • Leah

    My mom died from ovarian cancer in November 2018. My dad was incredibly strong and supportive and remained steadfast in her end-of-life journey while silently ...

  • Lorraine

    My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in September 2020, and from the day of diagnosis he knew he wanted to use MAID. ...

  • Marianne

    I was not surprised when my mom announced to me, after first hearing about MAID, that, “If it should ever become necessary, that’s what I ...

  • Nikki

    My father chose MAID to end his suffering. He spent years having doctors seemingly doing their best to improve his quality of life, but nothing ...

  • Rebecca

    During COVID, I became a caregiver to a dear friend during his final months with terminal brain cancer. Although this role usually falls to partner ...

  • Robin Farr

    Robin

    My family and I knew for months that my dad was considering a MAID death, but that didn’t make it any easier when we found ...

  • Signy Novak

    Sig

    Many people have had to accept the loss of a loved one, expected or not, and many have witnessed suffering. I watched as my dad ...

  • Sigrid

    As soon as my husband Charles knew, several years ago, that he had Alzheimer’s, he let me know he would not die of it. In ...

  • Susan

    I have had several opportunities to support various family and friends through their end-of-life journeys. All were very special and profound experiences, but I am ...

  • Trish

    As a hospital chaplain in Ontario, I had been privileged to support patients and their families through the MAID process. I considered myself lucky to ...

  • Troy

    I live in Alberta, I am Métis, and I have experienced the loss of both of my parents due to lung cancer. They both chose ...