National Advance Care Planning Day is Tuesday

The Comox Valley Hospice Society is encouraging you to have the talk about your wishes for end-of-life care.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society is encouraging you to have the talk about your wishes for end-of-life care on April 16 — National Advance Care Planning Day.

“Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate,” says Terri Odeneal, executive director of the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication about personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. Your plan may include information about the type of care you would or wouldn’t want, as well as other personal information, such as spiritual preferences or specific wishes for family members or friends.

One of the most important aspects of advance care planning is naming and having a conversation with someone who will speak on your behalf and make decisions for you — but only when you are not able to do so yourself.

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. An Advance Care Plan is a gift of love.

“As health-care technologies and life saving interventions continue to improve and people live longer, advance care planning becomes increasingly important,” says Audrey Craig, president of the Comox Valley Hospice Society. “That said, none of us know when that unexpected accident may place us in this situation whether we are 20, 60 or 80.

“We need to communicate our feelings around the use of certain procedures at the end of life, and what we believe gives our life meaning. These are personal, individual choices that each of us deserves to have respected. Make sure your voice is heard.”

A new website at www.advancecareplanningcv.ca features a number of tools and resources to help you begin the conversation with your loved ones.

Also available on the website is a listing of coming events about Advance Care Planning in the Comox Valley.

The premiere of Are you Listening To Me?, a humourous and poignant play written by local artist Dandelion, will be performed on April 16 at the Courtenay Little Theatre rehearsal studio on the corner of 17th Street and McPhee Avenue in Courtenay. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:30.

About her joyful work Dandelion says, “As I reached into the drama of my own family, my work with clients as drama therapist, and also my work with hospice in terms of the bereaved, and those who were actually in the dying process, the play was already in my head.

“When my own mother was dying in 1984, there was no such thing as a living will or an ethics committee in the hospital. It was an excruciating experience, which I will never forget.

“Now I find that theatre can bring some of these issues out in the open, so that people are more inclined to enter into a conversation regarding planning ahead for end-of-life concerns and are more likely to listen to the wishes of their loved ones.”

• • •

On April 18, a collaborative group of people involved in end-of live care will host the showing of the film Consider the Conversation” at North Island College’s Stan Hagen Theatre at 7 p.m.

Motivated by their personal experience of loss, two long time friends created a powerful and inspiring documentary on the struggle of communication and preparation at the end of life. The film examines multiple perspectives on end of life care and includes interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy and many more.

A panel discussion will follow the film.

For more information on these and other advance care planning events, call the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5533 or visit www.advancecareplanningcv.ca.

— Comox Valley Hospice Society

Just Posted

Sarah Rebitt named the Vanier recipient of the Governor General’s Award

Sarah Rebitt was named the recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award… Continue reading

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Motor vehicle incident on Mount Washington road involving a motorcycle

Emergency personnel were called out to the scene of a motor vehicle… Continue reading

Bylaw rescinded after vacation rental owners express concerns

Concerns included a lack of consultation

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Sept. 25, 2018… Continue reading

Two B.C. police departments won’t use new roadside saliva test to detect pot

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 is designed to find THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Calgary mayor seeks person who leaked details of closed-door Olympic meeting

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will ask the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate a leak of details from an in-camera council meeting.

B.C. MP Cannings spared brunt of Ottawa tornadoes

MP Richard Cannings was spared the impact of the tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region

Vancouver Island designated as foreign trade zone

Designation simplifies importing and exporting and provides duty relief

Most Read