Advance care planning allows every capable adult to express our desires for the health care interventions we want – and don’t want – in the event we are ever unable to speak for ourselves.

Advance care planning workshop in Comox

Walter Gretzky, the 80-year-old father of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, mentored his son in hockey to be prepared – anticipate where the puck will be rather than following where it has been. And, Walter has also known the importance of being prepared for his health care. He encourages every Canadian to have conversations and make an advance care plan in the event you are ever unable to speak for yourself about the care you would want.

Walter has had his share of adversity. A workplace accident 50 years ago left him deaf in one ear. In 1991, he nearly died from a brain aneurysm the week he turned 53. He has been a widower since 2005 when wife, Phyllis, who stayed out of the public eye, died from lung cancer.

Walter says advance care planning is for everyone – whether 19 or 99.

In a short video, you can see a conversation between Walter Gretzky, his daughter Kim, and grandson Nathan.

Walter talks about his experience with advance care planning and how this gift of conversation helped his family members know about his wishes and values. His family calls on each of us to start conversations about our wishes with our loved ones. The video can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2YF4KxM

Don’t wait to give it a shot – attend a free Comox Valley Hospice Society advance care planning workshop on Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m. at the Comox Legion located at 1825 Comox Ave.

To register call the hospice office at 250-339-5533 or email reception@comoxhospice.com

Additional information and resources are also available at www.AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca

Just Posted

Commemorative plaque stolen from Sandwick Cairn in Courtenay

The peacekeepers plaque has been stolen from the Sandwick Cairn on Dingwall… Continue reading

Painter Fiona Ackerman starts North Island College fall 2019 Artist Talk Series

Acclaimed Vancouver-based painter Fiona Ackerman will join North Island College as the… Continue reading

Comox Valley Record readers ‘Take us Along’ on holidays

When it comes to spreading the news, readers of the Comox Valley… Continue reading

Some Cumberland businesses closing for climate strike rally Friday

A Climate Strike Cumberland Solidarity Rally is set for outside the Cumberland municipal office

Comox contestant competes on Great Canadian Baking Show

Andrea Nauta auditioned for the show before but was lucky second time around

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

Second bat found at Greater Victoria elementary school tests positive for rabies

Island Health confirms second rabies case, this time in Saanich

B.C. man guilty of first-degree murder in Yukon killing

Edward James Penner, 22, was given the mandatory life sentence for the 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Adam Cormack

Woman stabbed at least five times in Nelson during random attack

Victim is in hospital, suspect is in police custody

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Horvat paces Canucks to 6-1 pre-season win over Oilers

Vancouver improves to 3-1 in NHL exhibition action

Most Read