Dying’s not the easiest subject to talk about, but there’s a 100% chance it’s going to happen to you. How can you make this journey better for yourself, your caregivers and your loved ones? 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 are coming 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,” says 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.”

You are cordially invited to learn more about advance care planning including various ways to begin the conversations at introductory workshops on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm or Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Berwick Comox Valley Community Room—1700 Comox Avenue, Comox.

Please call 250.339.5533 to reserve your space and visit www.AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca for more information and resources.

Terri Odeneal

Executive Director , Comox Valley Hospice Society