The Compassionate City Charter
The link below is a Guide to Achieving Compassionate City Status
Compassionate Cities are communities that recognize that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss happen daily within the orbits of its institutions and regular activities. A compassionate city is a community that recognizes that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility. Compassionate Cities are communities that publicly encourage, facilitate, supports and celebrates care for one another during life’s most testing moments and experiences, especially those pertaining to life-threatening and life-limiting illness, chronic disability, frail ageing and dementia, grief and bereavement, and the trials and burdens of long term care. Though local government strives to maintain and strengthen quality services for the most fragile and vulnerable in our midst, those persons are not the limits of our experience of fragility and vulnerability. Serious personal crises of illness, dying, death and loss may visit any of us, at any time during the normal course our lives. A compassionate city is a community that squarely recognizes and addresses this social fact.