Our goal: the planning and realisation of a Palliative Care Centre in Basel, across generations and with approximately 40 beds for patients and relatives.

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“Mehr Leben” (More Life) series of events – dialogue on “Quality of life and Palliative Care


“Mehr Leben” (More Life) series of events – dialogue on “Quality of life and Palliative Care

Friday 19 October 5 p.m.
in the High Choir of Basel Minster
Welcome addresses
Concert performed by musicians of Collegium Musicum Basel conducted by Johannes Schläfli: Cimarosa, Mozart, Grieg, Respighi


Sunday 28 October, 6 p.m.
Lyrics and music in Basel Minster performed by the “Music meets Münster Gospel Choir“

Wednesday 31 October, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. followed by a reception
‘Der Tod und ich’ - Midday talk in Basel’s Predigerkirche with Dr. Michael Bangert and Dr. phil Rolf Soiron (Former -Chief Executive, -President of the University council, -Politician)

Thursday 1 November, 6 p.m.
Commemoration of the dead with a performance of the famous historical „Totentanz“ (Dance of Death)  in the Predigerkirche, Basel

Wednesday 7 November, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. followed by a reception
‘Der Tod und ich’ - Midday talk in Basel’s Predigerkirche with Dr. Michael Bangert and Salomé Jantz (actress)

Montag, 12. November, 18 Uhr
Feierabendgespräch in der Hofstube der Münstergemeinde Basel, Rittergasse 1 mit Prof. Dr. Lukas Kundert, Kirchenratspräsident ERK Basel-Stadt, Pfr. Andreas Möri, Zwinglihaus und Rabbiner Moshe BaumelIsraelitische Gemeinde Basel

Wednesday 14 November, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. followed by a reception
‘Der Tod und ich’ - Midday talk in Basel’s Predigerkirche with Dr. Michael Bangert and Cantonal Council member Dr. Lukas Engelberger

Sunday 18 November, 5 p.m.
Concert and reading at St. Peter’s Church in Basel with Colette Greder and France Fournet, singing; André Ichtchenko, Akkordeon; Tilo Wachter, Hang; Salomé Jantz and David Bröckelmann; reading of poems by Khalil Gibran

Wednesday 21 November, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. followed by a reception
‘Der Tod und ich’ - Midday talk in Basel’s Predigerkirche with Dr. Michael Bangert and Prof. Viola Heinzelmann (Chair of the Women’s Hospital Basel and of the Department of Gynecology and Gyn. Oncology)

Saturday 24 November, 6 p.m.
Concert and lecture at St. Peter’s Church in Basel with Kolibri Children’s Choir, lecture by Nanni Schiffl Deiler (photographer, Munich) about ‘children and photography at a pallliative care center’

Thursday 29 November

The association “Mehr Leben” (more life) and the "allani Kinderhospiz Bern region" celebrate life with a moon torch

On Friday, August 17, 2018, the association celebrates the life of the children on the occasion of the 'children's life' charity run together with "allani Kinderhospiz Region Bern" and the German Federal Association of Children's Hospice e.V.

Media release of 17 August 2018

Well on track in the border triangle

The confirmed engagement of the Christoph Merian Foundation has provided our pioneer project with strong tailwind. We are also collaborating with Regio Basiliensis.

Media release of 9 July 2018

The project

The objective of palliative care
Palliative care comprises the holistic treatment of people of all ages suffering from an incurable or chronic illness.

Current situation
According to our calculations for the future, only half the requirement for palliative care for the Basel region and the whole of Northwestern Switzerland is currently covered. We believe that the demographic trend, above all the increasing share of persons aged over 80 in the population that is set to number 800,000 by 2040, calls for far-sighted advance planning.

There is in particular no Palliative Care Center for children and young people in either the border triangle or for that matter the whole of Switzerland in existence. If children suffer from a life-threatening illness and the family is confronted with the thought of losing them, there is a very special need for medical and psychological care.

The new Palliative Care Centre in Basel
The “Mehr Leben” association has set itself the target of constructing a Palliative Care Centre in Basel for patients of all generations and across national frontiers, bundling the existing human and professional resources and enabling better use of them to be made for persons affected in this region. The centre is geared entirely to the needs of palliative care, which differ greatly from normal hospital operations.

The centre offers patients the opportunity to say farewell in a supportive environment. It allows patients to spend their remaining life time in an atmosphere of peace, cared for and relieved of pain. Rooms can be individualised to create a feeling of being “at home”. Family members receive accommodation and close psychological support if required. The surroundings of the centre are laid out like a park and offer the opportunity to spend time outdoors amid nature.

The project focuses on needs-based support and an increase in well-being. The aim is to ease pain, allay fears and enable both patients and their families to part in dignity with a focus on end-of-life quality.

It is right and proper that affected persons of all ages and their families should be given more quality of life during the last stage in the patient’s life. We aim to turn this desire into reality.

The association

Our Board members:
Viola Käumlen, President
Jürg Gutzwiller, Vice-President
Sibylla Kämpf, member of the Board
Martin Wegmüller, member of the Board
Pierino Avoledo, member of the Board

We concentrate on developing the project and moving it forward. We will also be establishing and supporting a project group that will plan and accompany the construction, establishment and running of a new palliative care centre as a multi-generational institution.

Active membership
Opting for active membership is a way of supporting the project financially and spiritually. Assistance with the active implementation of concrete goals on the way to establishing the new centre is desirable.

Passive membership
The association offers the opportunity of passive membership without paying a subscription. This is addressed above all at foundations, associations and groups active in the field of medical care. The support of these members is important for incorporating the suggestions and ideas of all persons working with seriously ill people into the project.


The top priority at present is funding. Even the smallest contributions can help.

We are grateful for all assistance. If you would like to participate in the implementation of this project as a donor, sponsor or with an interest-free loan, please contact us and we will draw up a concept with you. No sum is too small! We offer you a platform for you or your company to get involved. If you wish to remain anonymous, we feel obliged to you and see this as an even greater incentive.

We wish to thank the following supporters: