It Always Seems Too Early Until It’s Too Late

Regardless of your age, have you considered who would speak on your behalf for medical care if you were ever unable to speak for yourself? It always seems too early until it’s too late!

The Comox Valley Hospice Society is urging people in our community to embrace the topic of Advance Care Planning by having the conversation about their wishes. In doing so, each of us can provide a wonderful gift to our loved ones by completing an advance care plan. 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,” says Lynn Brandon, President of CVHS. “Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? We never know when our circumstances might unexpectedly change. And, research shows 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.”

You are cordially invited to learn more about advance care planning at 2 hour introductory workshops on Thursday March 3, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm or Tuesday March 8, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Both workshops will be held at the Courtenay Public Library.

Please call 250.339.5533 to reserve your space and visit www.AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca for more information and resources. The Comox Valley Hospice Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Comox Valley Community Foundation.

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