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 is urging people in our community to begin embracing this important topic over the upcoming holiday season by having a conversation about what matters most to you.
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 voice is heard and that your loved ones have the confidence to speak on your behalf if you cannot speak for yourself.
“Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate,” said Lynn Brandon, 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 introductory workshops on Monday, Nov. 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the Courtenay Public Library, or Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Comox Fire Hall.
Please call 250-339-5533 to reserve your space and visit www.AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca for more information and resources.