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 upcoming in Comox

Dying’s not the easiest subject to talk about, but there’s a 100 per cent chance that it’s going to happen to you.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) is urging people in our community to begin embracing the topic over the holidays by having a conversation about your wishes for health care in the event you are ever unable to speak for yourself.

Regardless of our age, we can all provide a wonderful gift to our loved ones by completing an advance care plan. And, as families come together for the holidays it’s the perfect time to make sure your wishes are known and that your loved ones have the confidence to speak on your behalf should they need to do so. With a little coaching, broaching the topic can be much easier than you think!

“Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate,” said Paula Horky, CVHS president. “Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? We never know when our circumstances might unexpectedly change. And, research has shown that advance care planning significantly reduces stress, depression and anxiety in family members and caregivers who know your wishes and can act with confidence on your behalf.”

Learn more about advance care planning at a free introductory workshop on Monday, Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m. at Berwick Comox Valley – 1700 Comox Ave. Please call 250-339-5533 to reserve your space and visit www.AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca for more information and resources.

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