Aug 19, 2013
By Michael Kramer
One of Canada’s pioneers of palliative care has himself succumbed to cancer.
Doctor Larry Librach died of pancreatic cancer last Thursday.
He was the co-founder of the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital and was also director of the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics.
His colleagues say Librach’s lasting legacy will be improved end-of-life care, not just in Toronto, but across the country.
Librach recently launched a new training program to deal with terminally ill patients wanting help to end their lives with dignity.
He stressed the importance of preparing an advance directive, to detail the type of treatment a person wants at the end of their life.
Doctor Larry Librach fulfilled the wish that many other terminally ill Canadians had asked of him over the past three decades: he died at home.
He was 67.