Compassionate City Charter (3C)

Aerial photo of people making a heart shape and two hands Carpenter Hospice is proud to be spearheading the Compassionate City Charter in the City of Burlington. A compassionate city is a community that recognizes that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur every day within the orbits of its institutions and regular activities. Its residents recognize that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.1

The Compassionate City Charter is a framework of 12 social changes that lead communities towards being compassionate cities. This is an international initiative that was released May 2015.

  1. Schools – Will have guidance documents for dying, death, loss and care.
  2. Workplaces – Will have guidance documents for dying, death, loss and care.
  3. Trade Unions – Will have guidance documents for dying, death, loss and care.
  4. Churches and Temples – Will have at least one dedicated group for End Of life (EOL) care.
  5. Hospices and Nursing Homes – will have community development programs that focus on EOL care and will involve local area citizens.
  6. Museums and Art Galleries – will hold exhibitions on the experience of ageing, dying, death and loss or care.
  7. Our city will celebrate and highlight the most creative compassionate organization, event or individual(s) through an incentive scheme, for example a “Mayor’s Award.”
  8. Through various forms of media, our city will publicly showcase our local government policies, services, funding opportunities, partnerships, and public events that address our compassionate concerns. As well, all EOL services will be encouraged to share this material.
  9. Our city will work with local social or print media to encourage an annual city-wide short story or art competition to raise awareness of ageing, dying, death, loss or caring.
  10. All services and policies will demonstrate an understanding of how diversity shapes the experience of ageing, dying, death, loss and care.
  11. We will encourage and support institutions for the homeless and the imprisoned to have support plans in place for EOL care.
  12. Our city will establish and review these targets and goals in the first two years. Thereafter will add one new sector annually to our action plan.

1Karapliagkou, Aliki, and Allan Kellehear. “Public Health Approach to End Of Life Care: Toolkit.” Pg. 72-73. The National Council for Palliative Care. February 17, 2015.


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