Our Study


We are looking to interview people who have experienced the death of someone with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).

For this study, you will be asked to do an interview, usually an hour or two, that can be recorded. The interview will take place at a location of your choice. We will provide you with a gift certificate to thank you for your participation. This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance, through the Research Ethics boards at University of Waterloo, McGill University and University of Ottawa.

Please review this document for the full consent form and more information. You can also find the form attached to the bottom of the page.


You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to understand the experience of grieving an assisted death. This study is being conducted by Dr. Susan Cadell, Professor in the School of Social Work, Renison University College and several others (see About Us). This study has been funded by the University of Waterloo and Réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie (RQSPAL) & Réseau québécois sur le suicide, les troubles de l’humeur et les associés (RQSHA).

You are invited to participate because you know someone who has died a death with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) and you were willing to be interviewed. During the interview you will be asked questions about your personal experience of that person’s death and your grief.

Participation in this study is voluntary. It will involve an interview of approximately one to two hours in length to take place in a mutually agreed upon location. You will be asked to fill in a form with basic information about yourself such as age, gender, and employment. You may decline to answer any of the questions on the form or in the interview if you so wish. Further, you may decide to withdraw from this study at any time without any negative consequences by advising the researchers. With your permission, the interview will be audio recorded to facilitate collection of information, and later transcribed for analysis. Your identity will be completely confidential. Your name will not appear in any thesis, publication or report resulting from this study; however, with your permission anonymous quotations may be used.

Only researchers associated with this study will have access to the password protected study records. Paper files will be locked securely. We will keep your data for a minimum of 7 years. You can withdraw your consent to participate and ask that your data be destroyed by contacting one of the researchers within this time period.  It is not possible to withdraw your consent once papers and publications have been submitted to publishers. All data will be destroyed according to the policies at the University of Waterloo, McGill University and University of Ottawa.