Giving thanks for Dan’s Law

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  • Victoria Richardson says:

    Hi Dr. Cargill! We met years ago when I was at a nursing agency. I’ve now been a foot care nurse for nine years. I would love to collaborate with you and get some excellent foot care to patients and their families in the comfort of their own home. My email is

  • Sandy Buchman says:

    Darren, you thanked everyone but yourself ! May I do that on behalf of all the patients and families that you have already helped and all that will be helped in the future? And also on behalf all of us working within the discipline of palliative care? Without your tireless advocacy on behalf of your patient, there would be no Dan’s Law, not even with all the fantastic support you received. You brought everyone together in an incredible display of true leadership to right a wrong. And with that leadership you continue to demonstrate true humility. Thank you for initiating this advocacy and sticking with it right to its successful conclusion. And thanks too for all you do for your patients and for palliative care in Ontario and beyond.

    • Darren Cargill says:

      Thanks Sandy. I simply follow in the footsteps of those who blazed a trail in the past.

      Also, thank you for mentioning the idea to “right a wrong.” I think all of us see “wrongs” every single day in our practices. We know how to make them right.

      If we all take one and see it through, imagine where we can go?

  • LIZ says:

    What a beautiful gift

    • Darren Colin Cargill says:

      Thanks Liz. I agree. We can’t go back in time, but we can change the future for a lot of patients and their families.

  • Brian Berger says:

    Great great story. It had your fingerprints everywhere Darren. Huge kudos to you.

  • Darren Colin Cargill says:

    As always, I welcome your questions, comments and gratuitious insults.

    • Caitlin Klein says:

      Hi Darren. Not a comment on this particular article, but just overall. Really enjoy reading your contributions to Healthy Debate. I’ve volunteered at a hospice for about 2.5 years now but have just started working in palliative care and it really increases the sense of purpose in the work I do (as an administrator).

      • Darren Cargill says:

        Thanks Caitlin.

        I agree. Palliative care is very rewarding and provides a sense of purpose which I find is protective against burnout and compassion fatigue.

        In 15 years, we have only had one doctor go off on stress leave and it was me back in 2007 (technically I quit) when I was the only palliative doctor for a community of 400,000 patients, 3 hospitals and a soon to be built residential hospice. We now have 11 doctors supported by a team of nurses, NPs, PSWs and support staff. It is the epitome of multidisciplinary care.


Darren Cargill


Dr. Darren Cargill is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and American Association of Hospice Palliative Medicine. He is the past medical director for the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County and lead physician for its community-based Palliative Medicine Program. He is one of only two certified hospice medical directors in Canada and has his designation as a certified Canadian physician executive.  He received HPCO’s Larry Librach award in 2017 for excellence in leadership and advancing palliative care through mentorship.

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