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The Palliative and End of Life Care (PEOLC) Framework
The Provincial Framework was developed with the intention of improving patient care to all Albertans regardless of the type of life limiting illness or geographic location in which one resides. The Framework was built around Alberta Health Services (AHS) seven core values and the mission of providing a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Palliative Coverage
A program for Alberta residents that a doctor has diagnosed as palliative. It covers health services not covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

Saying Farewell
A guide to help people and their families plan ahead for funerals, legal and money issues, and wills and estates.

Compassionate Care Leave
A program for caregivers to take an unpaid leave from work to care for a seriously ill family member.

Office of the Public Guardian
A Government of Alberta office that helps vulnerable and seriously ill people who aren’t able to make personal decisions on their own.

Conversations Matter
Advance care planning helps you make decisions and talk to your family and doctors to get care that respects your wishes and values.

Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.

Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association (AHPCA)
Information about palliative care in Alberta for people who are palliative and their caregivers.​​​​​​​​​

Service Canada
A helpful guide of what to do following a death including first steps, how to obtain a death certificate, benefits survivors may be eligible to receive, and managing personal finances.

Canadian Benefits When Dealing with Death
A list of web links and phone numbers including:

  • Allowance for the Survivor
  • Funeral, Burial and Gravemarking Assistance
  • CPP Survivor Pension
  • CPP Child (<25 years old) Benefits
  • CPP Death Benefit
  • Decedent Estates Program
  • War Veteran Allowance

Tax Information: What to Do When Someone Dies

Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits
Phone: 1-800-206-7218

Alberta Funeral Service Association
Web based resources addressing:

  • Who to call first?
  • Writing an Obituary
  • Funeral Etiquette​