Supporting Children, Youth and Adults facing Complex Illness, Uncertainty and Grief

Regardless of prognosis, the diagnosis of a serious illness impacts individuals and families and often results in feelings of uncertainty, isolation and grief. Elizabeth provides compassionate care fostering strength, coping and resiliency for individuals and families of all ages. She offers therapeutic counselling following a diagnosis, throughout treatment, into remission, at end of life and into bereavement. Elizabeth promotes self-determination, facilitates communication, highlights strengths, fosters coping strategies, provides resources and cultivates resiliency to support individuals, families, groups and healthcare professionals facing complex emotions

Highlighting Compassion and Communication

An experienced educator, Elizabeth highlights the value of compassion and communication in the context of coping with complex illness and loss. She teaches courses, seminars and workshops to the general public, health science learners and healthcare professionals. She collaborates on numerous local, regional, provincial and national initiatives and has examined access to care and quality of life with findings published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2016, Elizabeth was honoured to be appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine,  Division of Palliative Care. Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Someone needs to encourage us not to brush aside what we feel.
Not to be ashamed of the love and grief that it arouses in us.
Not to be afraid of pain.
Someone needs to encourage us:
that this soft spot in us could be awakened,
and that to do this would change our lives.
— Pema Chödrön (2005). When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times