Choices in Dying

Overall, Unitarians express a clear desire to have choice in the manner of their dying.

The principles of the Unitarian religion strongly support the right of individuals to make choices for themselves and of the need for the larger community to respect those choices. Our principles also lift up the inherent worth and dignity of human beings, which we consistently interpret as a call to improve and preserve the quality of life. A large majority of Unitarians hold that these principles guide us to a position of supporting the widespread calls in Canada for the legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia.
June 1, 1994 Conclusion from the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation: Death and Dying: A Study Guide for Unitarians, (CUC, 1992)


Actions and Issues

Consultation on Assisted Dying

Voice your choice! Dying with Dignity encourages all Ontarians to fill out the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s (CPSO) consultation on assisted dying survey. After the landmark decision by the supreme court in February of 2015 to strike … Continue reading



Other Organizations

World Right to Die Dying with Dignity (Canada) Right to Die Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Alternatives Green Burial The Memorial Society of Edmonton & District (MSED) While this is a website for a particular memorial society (Edmonton), … Continue reading

Articles on Euthanasia in Humanist Perspectives

Articles on Euthanasia in Humanist Perspectives 1. Humanist Perspectives: issue 152: Active and Passive Euthanasia Lane asks: Is there a difference between killing and letting die? Humanist Perspectives (formerly Humanist in Canada) is a quarterly journal of humanism, … … Continue reading

Green Burial by Allan Grose

June 17, 2012 – Guelph UU Thrifty Green Alternatives to Traditional Mortuary Practices The man was in his mid- to late-fifties, and was installing a new water heater in a house in Stratford for me late last year. He was … Continue reading

A Death of One’s Own, December 2011

Date: December 18, 2011 3:38:39 PM GMT-05:00 This article was published at NationofChange at: All rights are reserved. A Death of One’s Own By Peter Singer Dudley Clendinen, a writer and journalist, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal … Continue reading

CARP-Parliamentary Committee Report, December 2011

CARP magazine, December 6 2011 Parliamentary Committee Report Concludes Canada Provides Inadequate Palliative Care December 6, 2011-The Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on Compassionate Care has released it report on compassionate and end-of-life care issues, after months of hearing from witnesses, … Continue reading

Decriminalize Euthanasia

Decriminalize Euthanasia Chronicle-Herald November 16, 2011 By HEATHER SCOFFIELD The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A long-awaited experts’ report on how Canada and Canadian families handle the end of life calls on the federal government to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. … Continue reading

Farewell Foundation Case Rejected

Farewell Foundation Case Rejected; BCCLA case is a recipe for elder abuse September 2nd, 2011 Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of Alex Schadenberg, Executive Editor of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The Vancouver Sun reported that the case by … Continue reading

Restart the Debate on Assisted Suicide

Restart the Debate on Assisted Suicide from Macleans, August 22nd 2011 …on the need to restart the debate on assisted suicide Lee Carter and Hollis Johnson discuss death and chocolate in a Swiss Clinic by Ken MacQueen on Wednesday, August … Continue reading

Books and Plays, A Resource List

Half Life: a Canadian Play, by John Mighton 1968 – Great Occasions, edited by Carl Seaburg 1980 – Voices of Death, by Edwin Schneidman, PhD 1983 – The Oxford Book of Death, edited by DJ Enright 1994 – A Gentle … Continue reading

CARP – End of Life Care Report, September 2010

CARP End-Of-Life Care Report September 9th, 2010 CARP members are strongly in favour of palliative end-of-life care, and are in favour of government support for a better “quality of death” in Canada, but they also strongly support physician-assisted suicide, a … Continue reading


Resolutions – 1984 – Health Care

Health Care The 1984 resolution on health care also relates somewhat to the economic justice issue. • that access to the tax-supported Medicare system be preserved and accessible to all legal residents of Canada; • that physicians and surgeons providing … Continue reading