Advance care planning is an important step for life partners of any age.

Sunday is National Advance Care Planning Day

We all know that none of us is immortal.

Why, then, are so many of us reluctant to talk about the inevitable?

Nursing students at North Island College helped get the conversations started this year for April 16, National Advance Care Planning Day, by hosting “Food For Thought” for their classmates and instructors.

The innovative approach offered a chance for intergenerational participants to consider thought provoking questions with others about the care they would want if they were ever unable to speak for themselves. And, doing this over food in a casual setting was the perfect way to decrease the natural anxiety that often comes with the topic!

“Perhaps the most valuable lesson I have learned through my experiences with Advanced Care Planning this semester is that these decisions may be needed at any age or stage in life,” said Hilary Decker. “Reflecting on what is meaningful at the end of life helps clarify what is meaningful today. It showed me who in my life I most want to share difficult moments with and who I can trust to honour my life’s journey and final wishes.”

But studies suggest that only one in seven Canadian adults has written their Advance Care Plan.

“Talking about Advance Care Planning reminded me how important life truly is,” Vanessa Amos, another student, commented. “Many people are focused on living life without the thought of what their wishes would be if anything was to go wrong. And, the argument and heartache that could be saved if more of us were willing to open up and have the conversation about our own values and beliefs.”

Regardless of our age, we all need to get these conversations started — for ourselves and for our loved ones. With interest in end-of-life issues at an all-time high, it’s time for each of us to take the next step — whether that’s thinking about our options, committing our wishes to paper, sharing it with our loved ones, or updating our plan for the first time in years.

The public is invited to learn more about advance care planning at free introductory workshops on Thursday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Monday, May 15, 1-3 p.m. at Comox Fire Hall, 1870 Noel Ave.

To register for these sessions or access other advance care planning information, contact the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5533 or reception@comoxhospice.com.

You may also wish to review information and resources at AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca

Just Posted

Courtenay getting a tool library

New facility allows do-it-yourselfers to borrow tools

Valley Father-daughter duo share a special bond over a kidney

Annual kidney walk is set for Sept. 23 at Simms Park

Pacific white-sided dolphins spotted near Little River Ferry Terminal

A pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins spent the evening of Sept. 13… Continue reading

Comox Valley Men’s Group meets Mondays

Where can men go when they are seeking a non-judgmental forum to… Continue reading

WATCH: Terry Fox Run participants honour loved ones, support cancer research

Over 100 people participated in the Comox Valley Run

‘Fire tornado’ erupts as firefighters battle interior B.C. wildfire

Firefighters near Vanderhoof were taken by surprise

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down over the Mediterranean Sea as it was returning to its home base inside Syria, killing all 15 people on board.

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Arzeena Hamir running for election in Comox Valley Regional District Area B

Land, water and community: these are the three pillars that local organic… Continue reading

Trudeau upset after meeting with Saskatchewan chiefs

Trudeau is upset about how time was managed in a recent meeting

Abdelrazik torture lawsuit delay would be unconscionable: lawyer

The federal government is making a last-minute plea to delay the Federal Court hearing

Most Read