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Remembering Dr. Jennifer Kryworuchko

The team at BC Centre for Palliative Care is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jennifer Kryworuchko, Friday October 25, 2019.   She will be sorely missed by all of us who had the privilege of getting to know her. Jennifer always demonstrated a deep dedication to furthering the knowledge of a palliative approach to care, especially in the context of shared decision-making between patients and health-care professions.

As a core team member, she travelled to Boston to learn from the developers about the Serious Illness Conversations program. Her guidance was influential in helping to implement and teach the Serious Illness Conversation Program Initiative in British Columbia.

As a Principal Investigator in our peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning research project, Jennifer was integral in the success of the project. Her guidance and leadership supported the development and evaluation of this public education model, which has been recognized nationally as a valuable innovation and spread to over 60 communities across British Columbia.

As an Associate Professor of the School of Nursing at UBC, Jennifer shared her knowledge with nursing students and led the work to modify the Clinician Reference Guide for use by nurses and allied health on how to have serious illness conversations in the process of care.

The legacy of her contributions will continue to shape education and nursing practice.   Our thoughts are with her family at this time.  – The BC Centre for Palliative Care Team


For more information on the work and legacy of Dr. Jennifer Kryworuchko, please visit the UBC in Memoriam Announcement.