CHPCA and the Canadian Network for Palliative Care for Children (CNPCC) marked October 8th, 2021 as National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day in Canada. 

Many of us associate hospice palliative care with seniors and adults, but children with life-threatening illnesses need that comfort as well. Pediatric hospice palliative care is an active, holistic approach to care which focuses on relieving the physical, social, psychological and spiritual suffering experienced by children and families who face a progressive, life-threatening condition, and helping them fulfill their physical, psychological, social and spiritual goals.

Press Release 


Hospice Care for Children: It takes an Interprofessional Team
This panel discussion will spotlight the various roles of individuals who support children and families in pediatric hospice. Participants will gain an understanding of the uniqueness of pediatric hospice and be able to describe how the team works together to support families during their hospice journey from initial diagnosis through bereavement.
Beyond Gabapentin: Advanced approaches to irritability in children with neurologic impairment
An interactive case-based workshop reviewing a variety of underlying causes, contributors, and treatments for irritability of unclear etiology in children with neurologic impairment.
Virtual Care in the Time of COVID
The COVID pandemic has forced adoption of virtual care to an unprecedented extent. In this session, panelists will share their experiences in providing and receiving virtual care / support while caring for children at end of life. The audience will have the opportunity to share their successes and pitfalls when providing virtual care. Participants will learn strategies to successfully integrate virtual care into their practice.

Downloadable Resources

Template Letter 

Use this letter template to send to an MP or as a guide to create your own personal letter to advocate for issues surrounding hospice palliative care in Canada.


Other Activities

  • Submit articles online to ehospice.
  • Volunteer with a community organization such as a walking or gardening group, your local hospice or long-term care facility, schools, community centers and other groups that provide essential services in your neighbourhood.
  • Hospice Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning: get informed about what your options are so you can focus on what’s important in your life.

National Children's Hospice Palliative Care Day 2021 is brought to you in partnership with: