Dr. Katherine Arnup

Keynote & Presentation Speaker, Author, Professor, Carleton University (Retired), Life Changes Coaching

Katherine Arnup is a writer, life coach, speaker, hospice volunteer, and retired Carleton University professor. She is passionate about end of life issues.


Caring for the Caregivers

The challenges of providing care for loved ones during the pandemic. Suggestions re: finding support and assistance when isolation is required. Reminding listeners of the need to support caregivers during these very difficult times.

Caring for Ourselves during COVID-19

Talking with Seniors about the challenges of self-isolation and quarantine. Offering support and suggestions for caring for ourselves during the pandemic.

Hot Talks on Health 2016 -- Caregivers: Lessons from the UK, Opportunities for Ontario

The United Kingdom is a leader in recognizing the role of caregivers within the health care system. With the recent caregiver legislation, The Change Foundation invited Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of CarersUK, to address Ontario policy makers, health leaders, and family caregivers on what steps have been taken to better support carers in the UK, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. This video is a recording from April 27, 2016 and features a keynote address form Ms. Herklots, as well as a response from family caregiver and author Katherine Arnup, and a Q&A panel discussion. For more information, please contact The Change Foundation (www.changefoundation.ca).

End of Life University, January 25, 2018Radio/Podcast

URL: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2FXCNsj&data=02%7C01%7C%7Caf8fcd578b94468b041108d564e42ea1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636525853683094809&sdata=3zEM5uP9MdaQ1oS%2FzH%2FQ%2B4QF5KBzrVhVsXfHg9Z23bI%3D&reserved=0

Katherine talks with Dr. Karen Wyatt, hospice physician, author, and founder of End of Life University, about what she's learned in her many years as a hospice volunteer.

CBC Ottawa Morning, May 4, 2015, May 4, 2015Radio/Podcast

URL: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2666286664

Katherine was interviewed about her new book, "I don't have time for this!" Caring for Your Parents and Yourself.

Delivering Motherhood
by Katherine Arnup, Andree Levesque, and Ruth Roach Pierson, editors.
Education for Motherhood: Advice for Mothers in Twentieth-Century Canada
by Katherine Arnup
University of Toronto Press
May 1, 1993

An examination of the changing advice for mothers from 1900 to 1960, with a focus on pregnancy, birth, and child rearing. Using a tremendous range of archival sources, published advice manuals, and interviews with mothers, Arnup illuminates the dramatic changes in expert advice and the impact of those changes on mothers themselves.

Resources for Feminist Research: The Lesbian Issue, Vol. 12, No. 1, March 1983
Resources for Feminist Documentation
March 1, 1983

Special lesbian issue. Contains important essays, annotated bibliography, etc. Contributors include Nancy Adamson, D.D. Taylor, Jeri Wine, Nicole Brosard, Elizabeth Brady, Louise H. Forsyth, Karla Jay, Barbara Godard, Frances Rooney, Mary Meigs, Gay Bell, Jane Rule and many others.

Lesbian Parenting Living with Pride and Prejudice
by Katherine Arnup, editor
Gynergy Books
May 1, 1995

The perfect primer for lesbian parents, and a helpful resource for their families and friends, this book includes a theoretical perspective as well as the personal experiences of lesbians and their children.

"I don't have time for this": A compassionate guide to caring for your parents and yourself.
by Katherine Arnup PhD
Life Changes Press
April 9, 2015

“An invaluable resource for all of us with aging parents”
“I don’t have time for this!” provides a roadmap for the journey into aging, illness, and dying that we will all travel—ourselves and the people we love. With gentle persuasion and moving stories from her family, her clients, and her years as a hospice volunteer, Dr. Katherine Arnup shows how to overcome the fear of aging and loss so we can show up for the challenges in our lives.
You will discover:
• the ways to begin essential conversations with your parents—before it’s too late!
• the tools you need to survive and thrive as a caregiver
• the keys to releasing guilt and regret
• the joy that’s possible when you stop running from your life
• the secret to asking for and receiving help
• the rewards of being present with the people you love during the final chapter of their lives

“Dr. Arnup deftly melds stories from her personal and professional experience to provide practical guidance and sound counsel. I don’t have time for this! is an invaluable resource for all of us with aging parents.” —Ira Byock, MD, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible
“An important missing link for those seeking information and support on caring for elderly parents. Far more than a checklist of financial and healthcare issues to cover, it provides the compassionate companionship families need to make this journey together with love, courage, and humanity." —Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart and Thee Hard Questions for Adult Children and Their Aging Parents

Katherine Arnup has written extensively on sexuality, marriage, motherhood, and child rearing. Author of the award-winning book Education for Motherhood, a history of advice for mothers, she has pioneered studies on the diversity and complexity of family life. In this beautifully written, deeply personal book, she tackles the last taboo—death itself

Family Perspectives: Death and Dying in Canada

by Dr. Katherine Arnup

Published by Vanier Institute of the Family

May 7, 2018

In this major study, released on May 7, 2018, Katherine examines the history, major trends, and current realities of death and dying in Canada. She considers the shift of death and dying from home and community to hospital and professionals, and examines the impact of that shift on families in Canada.

URL: http://vanierinstitute.ca/death-becoming-less-taboo/

Victims of Vaccination? Opposition to Compulsory Immunization in Ontario

Published by Canadian Bulletin of Medical History


Raising the Dionne Quintuplets: Lessons for Modern Mothers

Published by Journal of Canadian Studies


Lessons in Death and Dying

Published by Journal of Palliative Care



Published by Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities


Finding Fathers: Artificial Insemination, Lesbians, and the Law

Published by Canadian Journal of Women and the Law


And a time to die

Published by Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities,


"We are Family": Lesbian Mothers in Canada.

Published by Resources for Feminist Research



Katherine Arnup is a writer, life coach, speaker, hospice volunteer, and retired Carleton University professor. She is a renowned expert on Death and Dying in Canada. An historian by training, she has written extensively on the history of motherhood, child rearing, marriage and the family. She is the author of Education for Motherhood: Advice for Mothers in Twentieth Century Canada, a prize-winning examination of the ideology and experience of motherhood. Arnup has written and published numerous articles on lesbian and gay parenting. She is currently engaged in a comparative study of same-sex marriage in the United States and Canada. She is the author of a book about caring for her sister and her parents as they were dying – “I don’t have time for this!” A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself. She recently completed a major study on Family Perspectives: Death and Dying in Canada. She also volunteers in a residential hospice, providing end of life care, and she is writing a book on death and dying.


Writing Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

February 2014, March – April 2015, March 2016

Writing Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (value: $2625.00)

May 2008

Letter of Distinction, Humber School of Writers

Post-Graduate Program in Creative Writing August 2009

Honourable Mention, City of Ottawa 55+ short story and memoir contest

April 2011

Book Selection, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville Virginia

March 2016

Past Talks

Caring for the ones we love

Keynote Speech

Beechwood Ottawa, October 15, 2017

Caring for the Ones We Love, Caring for Ourselves

Pastoral Care Workshop

St. Luke's Anglican Church, Ottawa, February 4, 2017

What does it mean to care?

St. James Church, Fenelon Falls

Ontario, ON., May 12, 2016

The Final Taboo: Talking about Death and Dying

Bereavement Ontario Network

Orillia, ON., October 14, 2016

The Journey of Aging

Colonel by Retirement Residence

Ottawa, ON., April 6, 2016

My caregiving journey

Hot Talks on Health, invited presentation by the Change Foundation

Toronto, ON., April 27, 2016

Learning to Care

Good Companions Centre

Toronto, ON., May 4, 2016


  • Caregiving during COVID-19
  • Hospice care
  • Medical Aid in Dying
  • Death and Dying
  • Caregiving
  • Aging Parents


  • University of Toronto
    Ph.D., 1991

    Thesis title: Education for Motherhood: Women and the Family in Twentieth Century English Canada

  • University of Toronto
    M.Ed., 1982
  • University of Toronto
    B.A., 1975
  • Ontario Teacher Education
    B.Ed., 1976