For 25 years, David Maginley has counselled those facing cancer and other life-threatening conditions at the QEII Health Sciences Center. He has also survived cancer four times, which resulted in a profound near-death experience. He knows illness from both sides of the bed and this life from both sides of the veil. This compels David to support individuals in living their fullest lives, engaging struggle as fuel for self-understanding and authentic well-being. He offers himself as a compassionate guide and has helped thousands work through life’s deepest challenges.
David is a specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), a member of the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO), a teacher with the Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network (ATTN), and a Board member of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary.
He is the award-winning author of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey. This weaves his experience of life-threatening disease with patient stories and insights as to how we can not only go through cancer but grow through cancer. He is featured in several documentaries and has been interviewed for CBC’s The Current and Sickboy Podcast. David speaks internationally on meaning in suffering, the wisdom of grief, mindfulness, death and dying, mystical phenomena, compassion fatigue and integrative spirituality. His new book, Early Exits: Spirituality, Mortality and Meaning in an Age of Medical Assistance in Dying, will be released in 2024.
David’s areas of expertise include:
- Vicarious trauma
- Living with cancer
- Existential distress
- Compassion fatigue
- Meaning and suffering
- Grief and bereavement
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Chronic and palliative illness
David is also an avid photographer, using the camera as a tool for self-psychology and conducting workshops on creativity and spirituality.