Friday, May 19, 2023

One stop death in Canadian funeral homes: a business opportunity

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Haut-Richelieu funeral complex
Canada legalized euthanasia in June 2016, giving doctors and nurse practitioners the right in law to approve and kill a person by lethal drugs "upon request". There are few limitations. Canada expanded its euthanasia law in March 2021  to include persons who have an "irremediable medical condition."

On May 19, 2023 Hugo Pilon LaRose reported for LaPresse that the Haut-Richelieu funeral complex in Montérégie Québec is offering euthanasia (MAiD) as one of its "death services." 

According to LaRose:
With overflowing hospitals, palliative care homes that don't always have room and Quebecers' growing interest in medical assistance in dying, a funeral complex in Montérégie has been offering for a few weeks a "turnkey" package for patients who want to die in its showroom.

The death trade, the owner of the Haut-Richelieu funeral complex, Mathieu Baker, knows well. Representing the fourth generation to run the family business, he launched a new "turnkey" offer this spring, for approximately $700, for his clients who are requesting medical assistance in dying and who want to switch from life to death right in the showroom. A first in Québec, he says.
Baker told LaRose that he is not forcing anyone to have euthanasia, that he only rents a room to the client; the Québec government pays the cost of the euthanasia. 

Baker commented that his mother opposes his offering of euthanasia services and that she wouldn't speak to him for a month when she learned of the new "service."
The Haut-Richelieu funeral complex may be the first to offer euthanasia in Québec.

LaRose suggested that the growth of euthanasia in Québec has led to this new profitable enterprise for the Haut-Richelieu funeral complex. LaRose writes:
Since the coming into force of the Act respecting end-of-life care, the number of medical assistance in dying treatments administered has been constantly increasing in Quebec. There were 63 in 2015-2016 and 3663 in 2021-2022. The Commission on End-of-Life Care believes that the removal of the end-of-life criterion from the law in 2020 and the reasonably foreseeable natural death criterion from the Criminal Code in 2021 has accelerated this trend.
LaRose described two of the deaths:
At 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, family members and the man arrived at the funeral complex, over coffee and pastries. Around 11:30 a.m., after explaining the process and checking three times rather than once with the patient if he still wanted to proceed, Dr. Dumouchel provided medical assistance in dying. As the patient took his last breath, the song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was playing in the room.

A few weeks ago, a lady who had been at odds with her family for years also came to receive medical assistance in dying at the funeral complex. At her request, she shared a pizza with her daughter, who she had recently reconnected with, and a salon employee. They then listened to the film Maleficent , with Angelina Jolie, seated in large couches. After smoking a last cigarette in the garden, the patient received treatment and passed away.

In all cases, the body of the deceased is then taken care of by the funeral complex, which has the necessary facilities for the continuation of the journey of the remains until the burial.
A new business opportunity

Dr. Claude Rivard, general practitioner and expert practitioner of medical assistance in dying at the Pierre-Boucher hospital in Longueuil, told LaRose that he is not surprised by the initiative of the Haut-Richelieu funeral complex. He said:
“[It's] a business opportunity that these people see. There is a market in Quebec. In 2021-2022, approximately 5% of deaths occurred through medical assistance in dying. There is a craze for this end-of-life mode,” he says.

Euthanasia offered by funeral homes in Ontario

CBC news article published on October 26, 2021 reported that the Northview Funeral Chapel in London, Ontario began offering MAiD rooms in early 2020. At the time of publication, the Northview Funeral Chapel had provided rooms for 23 euthanasia deaths. The article stated that A. Millard George Funeral Home in London, Ontario had noticed the trend and was setting up their own MAiD room.

Hospitals and nursing homes save money by killing their patients. Funeral homes can save (and make) money by having clients walk in and rent a death room, eliminating the expense of picking up a body at another location. 

Killing has become a profitable business in Canada. 


Corrie Pool said...

I have no words!

Deirdre McKervey said...

May God have mercy on them!

JungleJim 57 said...

We have surpassed Nazi Germany and the others COMBINED.

Albert said...

Engage the owners with a word of deep concern and tell them you will not use their services. You can thank P.M. Trudeau and his cabinet and his MPs for this development. Vote them out.

James said...

Absolutely shocking! May God have mercy on us! Murder for hire.

Mary said...

I absolutely agree with JungleJim57.

Lee said...

This is just one slip further down our slippery slope. We all need to speak on this, wherever and however the opportunity presents itself.

Dr Hanna Kump said...

I'm also agree with JungleJim57.
As long as we disapprouve we hope .

Jane Kolf said...

Dear God, this is chilling! Have mercy on us and them!

Florips Bajouco said...

My 83 year mother was murdered in her house by her doctor with narcotics Morphine, Codeine, Acetaminophen, Hydromorphine & Hydrocodone in her body weighing only 81 pounds when she died. I would find out they tied her to the bedrail and drugged her to death. They gave her an infected sacral bedsore, bruises and laceration. I tried to save my mother but the Toronto Police refused to help and she died 2 months later.
Before these abusers government abusers got into my mother's house she was enjoying her life and had no marks on her body.

Therese Hill said...

Canada is now a nation in polite decadence. This would be the
subject of a dystopian movie 20 years ago. Now it is a reality- a human disposal center. Oh, and Canada wanted to extend this "right" to minor children? They tried people at Nuremburg for what this doctor and this "businessman" are doing.

Unknown said...

I had not thought of this type of Godless killing.

I was expecting the killing to be in a chapel-like room with the guest of honor already in the coffin ready for the funeral service and then ride off to the cemetery.



Kimberly Howard said...

This is horrific, vile and evil.

Warman Barnard said...

Warman Barnard, Chesterville, Ontario.
Jungle Jim 57 could not have said it any better. Maybe we should have a Nuremburg trial here in Canada and bring those who are operating these establishments and put them on trial and they be exterminated by the same way they are exterminating others. I would hate to be one of these people who have to stand before God and give an accounting for their lives, good or bad!!!

Jane Dunne-Brady said...

This is all so, so sick and I would also say it is DEMONIC - that so many people are accepting this as the "new normal" and going along with it! These people who are opting to receive a MAiD death do not know what they are doing - God help them! They have swallowed lies and a load of bull and they really think they are doing a good thing. What a waste of the good they could have done with what remained of their lives, and how very very sad for the regrets they will have when they cross over to the other side and come face to face with God and have to look at Him and know without running away from it, what they did to themselves and to others. Pray for their souls, pray for those who are contemplating letting themselves be offed in this manner, that they may see the error of it all before it is too late.

Chantal Leclerc said...

I totally share Ms. Dunne-Brady’s comment. God have mercy on us all!