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Give the gift of 'The Talk' to your loved ones

Dying's not the easiest subject to talk about, but there's a 100% chance that it's going to happen to you. The Comox Valley Hospice Society is urging people in our community to begin embracing the topic this fall by making or reviewing your advance care plan. 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," asks Audrey Craig, CVHS President. "Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? We never know when our circumstances might unexpectedly change."

You are cordially invited to learn more about advance care planning at introductory workshops on Tuesday, September 15th or Tuesday September 22nd, from 1pm-3pm at Berwick Comox Valley, 1700 Comox Avenue.

What is advance care planning? Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication, a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let others know your future health and personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

Advance care planning means having conversations with family and friends and designating a representative - the person you want speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include writing down your wishes, and may involve talking with healthcare providers and financial and legal professionals.

You may never need your advance care plan - but if you do, you'll be glad that it's there and that you have had these conversations, to make sure that your voice is heard when you cannot speak for yourself.

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 materials at www.AdvanceCarePlanningCV.ca

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