COVID-Response: Palliative Care Resources

To contribute toward health care professional preparedness during this pandemic, Pallium has made a series of palliative care online modules and webinars available to health care professionals across the country.


Pallium, in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., is hosting a series of webinars in the upcoming weeks focused on topics that are relevant to our health care teams who are actively leading the response to COVID-19. Register now, space is limited.

Upcoming webinars

Exploring Trauma Informed Palliative Care for Populations Experiencing Structural Vulnerability

Friday August 14 @ 4 pm ET

Clinical Protocols: What Real Cases Have Taught Us

Thursday August 27 @ 1 pm ET. Registration opening soon.

Past webinars

PPE in the Home

Friday April 3, 2020 @ 4 pm ET

End-of-Life Care in the ED for Patients Imminently Dying of a Transmissible Acute Respiratory Infection (such as COVID-19)

Wednesday April 8, 2020 @ 8 pm ET

Managing Dyspnea in Patients with COVID-19

Tuesday April 14, 2020 @ 4 pm ET

Shortage of Palliative Medications during COVID-19: Options 

Wednesday April 15, 2020 @ 2 pm ET

Reorganizing Palliative Care Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday April 17, 2020 @ 12 pm ET

Palliative Approach to Care in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Friday April 17, 2020 @ 5 pm ET

Role of Grief and Bereavement in the Care of Health Care Providers and their Families during COVID-19

Wednesday April 22, 2020 @ 1 pm ET

Palliative Approach to Care in Long-Term Care during COVID-19

Monday April 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm ET

Providing Virtual Palliative Care

Friday May 8, 2020 @ 4 pm ET

Essential Conversations: Utilizing Advance Care Planning and Serious Illness Tools During COVID-19 and Throughout the Patient Journey

Wednesday May 13 @ 6 pm ET

The Psychological Impact of COVID on Health Care Professionals

Friday May 29, 2020 @ 11 am ET

Approche palliative et personnes âgées en milieu hospitalier dans le contexte du Covid 19 (in French)

Thursday June 4, 2020 @ 3 pm ET

The State of Palliative Care in Hospitals: Insights from the COVID Pandemic

Friday June 5, 2020 @ 4 pm ET

Palliative Care in the Home: Lessons From COVID

Monday June 15, 2020 @ 3 pm ET

Childcare and Caregiving during COVID: Challenges for Palliative Care Health Care Workers

Tuesday June 23, 2020 @ 3 pm ET

Trauma Informed Palliative Care

Friday July 10, 2020 @ 11 am ET

Shortage of Palliative Care Medications during COVID-19 – Part 2

Wednesday July 29 @ 4 pm ET

Free online modules

Pallium, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is providing free access to essential education on palliative care for all health care professionals in response to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This offer expires August 31, 2020.

Available modules (currently only available in English):

  • Taking Ownership
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Decision-Making
  • Managing Dyspnea
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Last Days and Hours
  • Delirium (*NEW)
  • Pain Management (*NEW)
  • Palliative Care for COVID Illness – Module A (*NEW)
  • Palliative Care for COVID Illness – Module B (

Additional resources for health care providers, teams, and workplaces

A practical, peer-reviewed, and fully referenced one-stop resource that is intended to support safe, ethical, effective, and accountable palliative clinical service. The Pocketbook is a practical, interprofessional just-in-time clinical resource that can be referenced in a health care professional’s daily practice. Purchase the hard copy or e-book now.

If you are looking for more information beyond the 10 palliative care modules above, consider registering for LEAP Online, a facilitated online learning program that consists of self-directed, interactive modules and facilitated webinars. LEAP Online provides an in-depth learning experience on essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. Register for LEAP Online now.

Recent events demonstrate that it is more important than ever to have a strong and compassionate workplace culture. We know that employers and employees across Canada are heavily impacted by coronavirus and looking for help to support individuals who may be struggling as a caregiver, grieving the loss of a friend or loved one, or currently dealing with a serious illness. With this in mind, Pallium has launched the Compassionate Workplace Campaign ahead of schedule. This is an opportunity to participate in the Compassionate Workplace Campaign now and take an early leadership role in this important movement in Canada. The campaign includes access to practical resources you can easily implement virtually to support your organization and your people through this difficult time. Contact Bonnie Tompkins to learn more about the campaign and how it can support you and your team.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners have responded by compiling a series of tools and resources for health care teams across Canada.

  • Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians – CSPCP has a recorded webinar about providing palliative care in the time of COVID-19.
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice – CVH has compiled a list of tools and resources that is continuously updated and includes information related to symptom management, communication, free online learning, and more.
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada – CFPC has centralized its resources and information for family physicians and patients on COVID, including webinars, podcasts, and blogs.
  • McMaster University, Division of Palliative Care – The Division of Palliative Care has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for health care professionals including podcasts, protocols, and guidelines.
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – To support health care professionals who are providing high quality patient care during the pandemic, the Royal College has compiled evidence-based information and resources about COVID-19.
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