Recognizing that life happens to all of us, Chilliwack Hospice Society is offering free advance care planning workshops to promote conversations about your wishes and values for your future health care.

According to the BC Centre for Palliative Care, over three quarters of British Columbians agree that it’s important to talk about what matters most of them about their future health care, but less than half have talked with their family, and fewer still (14%) have had a conversation with a health care provider.

Advance care planning is a process of thinking about your values, beliefs, and wishes for future health and personal care, and sharing them with the people you trust. It can include choosing who would make care decisions for you if you cannot. Advance care planning can help you get the care that’s right for you, even if you’re unable to speak for yourself.

As an important part of life planning—like planning for education, retirement or saving for a vacation⁠—every adult in BC should engage in advance care planning.

When life happens, a person’s health can change in an instant. It’s more important than ever to talk to those they trust about their values, beliefs and wishes, to prepare for a time when they may no longer be able make their own medical decisions.

“We are encouraging members of the Chilliwack community to start talking about their wishes for their future care,” says Laurie McNaught, co-facilitator of the advance care planning workshops for Chilliwack Hospice Society. “These conversations are not easy ones to have, but there are resources and support available.”

Chilliwack Hospice Society will be offering free, two-part in-person workshops to help you or your parent(s) develop an Advance Care Plan, including one’s Beliefs, Values and Wishes, Temporary Substitute Decision Maker, Representation Agreement, and Advance Directive. There are two sets of sessions to choose from:

  • July 18 & 25, 2022 | 1–3pm
  • November 17 & 24, 2022 | 7–9pm

Registration is required as space is limited. Please call Laurie McNaught, Community Outreach and Education Manager, at (604) 795-4660 or email [email protected] to register or request more information.

 

Here is what some of our clients had to say:

“Thank you, Laurie and Sue! Who knows how long we would have put this off without your help!”

“Thank you so much for helping us to get our end-of-life plans in order legally. I have booked our appointment at the end of April with the lawyer to do our wills and everything all at once. Thank you for the motivation!”

“I appreciate that your sessions made me feel better about the support I gave my mom at the end of her life and reaffirmed my actions taken and decisions made on her behalf.”

“What really was the best part for me is that you were both so caring and compassionate. This made a difficult topic easier to deal with.”