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Comox Valley Advance Care Planning in the Media 

 

Is Advance Care Planning Really Useless - May 9, 2017

National Advance Care Planning Day - April 16, 2017

Advance Care Planning Workshops this month - November 2, 2016

National Advance Care Planning Day April 16, 2016

Advance Care Planning Seminar March 23, 2016

It Always Seems too Early Until It's Too Late - Friday February 26, 2016

Give the Gift of 'The Talk' to your loved ones - August 25, 2015

Push on to Get Valley Talking About End-Of-Life Care - April 7, 2015

Would You Go Skydiving without a Parachute? - June 11, 2014

No Written Will, No Way for Loved Ones to Know - April 16, 2014

National Advance Care Planning Day at Berwick Comox Valley - April 16, 2014

National Advance Care Planning Day - Is Advance Care Planning on Your 'Bucket List'? - April 16, 2014

Hospice Hosts Advance Care Planning Workshop - September 18, 2013

Mother’s Day Is a Great Time to ‘Have the Talk’ - May 7, 2013

Express Your ‘Heart’ on End-of-Life Care - May 6, 2013

‘heARTful Expressions’ Call for Artists! - April 23, 2013

Powerful Film Examines End-of-Life Care - April 16, 2013

National Advance Care Planning Day is Tuesday - April 15, 2013

Don't Wait until It's Too Late, Says Comox Valley Hospice Society - April 12, 2013

Advance Care Planning Important - April 10, 2013

Courtenay Little Theatre Presents New One-Act Play at Event Night - April 8, 2013

Hospice Workshop Tuesday - February 21, 2013

Advance Care Planning Day Set for April 16th - April 11, 2012

 

Other Media Links

 

"You only die once. Do it on your own terms"   ZDoggMD

 

How doctors are failing us in death 

Mohamed Dhanani, 'Opinion' The Star, September 20, 2016

Despite spending much of his career in the health care field, it took a very personal experience to drive home how poorly prepared health care providers are to help us through the one certain life experience that awaits us all: death.  Mohamed Dhanani's father in law, Ijaz Ahmad was treated by eight different doctors each with different ideas about what his wishes not to be on life support meant and how involved the family should be in making decisions. 'This inconsistency - the waiting, the arguing, the feeling of powerlessness - was our family's worst experience with a health care system of which we are so often proud'.

 

End-of-Life Care: Assist Your Loved Ones With Clear Instructions

Andre Picard, The Globe and Mail, April 19, 2016

If you want your wishes respected, you have to express them. Most Canadians don't do so. A poll commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association, found that 95 per cent of people think that talking about death with a loved one is important, but only 30 per cent have done so, and a mere 16 per cent have taken concrete action as a result. The principal reason people give for avoiding 'The Conversation', and making concrete plans, is that it creeps them out.  

 

In Canada, many dying hospital patients are marked for CPR, even if they don't want it

Study Author says, ' We are not providing patient-centred care if we're over-treating at the end of life'

Many critically ill hospital patients would rather not have aggressive medical interventions, such as CPR, at the end of their lives. But a new study shows that in Canada, their wishes often don't match up with patients' hospital charts. 

 

CPR usually saves lives on TV, but what about real life? 

‘It isn’t like this on TV: Revisiting CPR Survival rates depicted on popular TV shows’

Try this unique way of starting the conversation about advance care planning by viewing this rap video by Medical dramas make resuscitation look twice as effective as in the real world a study from the University of Southern California/USC finds. The study outlines that 'most people have no knowledge of actual CPR survival and thus make medical care decisions for themselves and family members based on inaccurate assumptions". In addition more than 60% of CPR recipients are older adults over 65 and may not understand that the actual immediate survival rate is less than 37% and long term survival is roughly 13%. The findings from this study emphasize the need for improved physician-patient communication and discussions. J. Portanova, K. Irvine, JY Yi, S. Enguidanos.  Resuscitation, Vol. 96. P. 148-150. Published on line: August 18, 2015.

 

Conversation is a legacy

How to Talk About Dying By Ellen Goodman,  New York Times, July 2015

Ellen Goodman, a founder of the Conversation Project writes an Opinion Piece in the New York Times, ‘When I helped found the Conversation Project, I thought we were doing this for people who were dying. I thought of my parents. I thought of “executive function” and “baggage.” What I have learned is that the conversation is also a legacy. This is the gift, maybe the last gift, we can give one another.

 

'Aint the way to die' by ZDoggMD 

'Aint the way to die' rap video

Try this unique way of starting the conversation about advance care planning by viewing this rap video by ZDoggMD    

 

Death Watch for Hospitalized Seniors

White Coat, Black Art , CBC Radio with Dr. Brian Goldman, June 7, 2015

An aging population means more and more families are faced with challenging end-of-life decisions. But how can you tell when that end is actually going to come? Surprisingly, many doctors find it difficult to recognize which patients are close to death. A study just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal helps take away some of the guesswork.   

 

End-of-life planning website launched in BC for LGBT seniors - CBC News 

LGBT End-of-life Conversations helps seniors find services that are LGBT-friend - March 25, 2015

The recognition of LGBT rights may have come a long way in Vancouver and other parts of Canada, but many queer seniors still face discrimination when it comes to end-of-life care, says one B.C. gerontology expert. 

 

Being Mortal

Being Mortal - February 10, 2015

FRONTLINE follows renowned writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.

 

Know the Hard Choices Prolonging Life Entails

Seeking a Beautiful Death - February 9, 2015

Before making an advance directive, talk with your doctor and your caregiver about just how far end-of-life care should go at the cost of comfort.

 

How Doctors Choose to Die 

How Doctors Die - Showing Others the Way - November 11, 2013

A New York Times article that looks at how doctors choose to die. Physicians emphasize  how individuals and families can avoid the difficult conversations they need to have together and with their doctors about the emotional side of dying. “We pay for another day in I.C.U.,” one physician said. “But we don’t pay for people to understand what their goals and values are. We don’t pay doctors to help patients think about their goals and values and then develop a plan.” But the end-of-life choices Americans are making are slowly shifting.

How Doctors Choose to Die - February 8, 2012

When faced with a terminal illness, medical professionals, who know the limits of modern medicine, often opt out of life-prolonging treatment.

 

The Bitter End - Radio Lab

We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves. 

 

   

Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to their very end,

we have allowed our fates to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology, and strangers. 

Dr. Atul Gawande, Being Mortal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advance care planning with my father

 

Advance care planning with my Mom

CL is a 55-year-old grandmother. Her beliefs about life and death have evolved over the years, informed by personal experiences, including: an acute life threatening illness in early adulthood; the death of her common law husband four years ago; her professional work with hospice/bereavement clients and their families; and a contemplative and mindfulness practice.

She has penned a guiding document for her loved ones and health care providers that reflect those beliefs and to assist them in making health care decisions in the event that she is unable to speak for herself. She is willing to share her document as a resource for others wishing to begin the conversation within their own families and/or develop their own plan for care.

Printable version

My Beliefs and Wishes Related to Care

First of all, please trust and believe that you are not alone in making any hard decisions you may have to make regarding me and my care at this moment. It is my belief that, even if I do not appear to be in my right mind and am unable to speak for myself, I will still be with you in spirit and communicating with you intuitively; when you listen in and pay attention to cues and clues I give through non-verbal communication, intuitive thought, and symbolic communication. Don't be fooled by appearances, I am still with you in heart and mind ... now, through this transition and beyond, whatever that may be. For love never dies and there are no mistakes, you are doing the best that you can with the knowledge, information, and experience that you have at the moment. I can't ask for more, and I trust that things will unfold in the way that they need to, each and every moment.

So please use this document as a guide to decision making, based on my thoughts and beliefs at the time of this writing, knowing that nothing is ever black and white, and so ..........

When I Can No Longer Speak For Myself

I turn that responsibility over to my son, that he may speak for and make decisions on my behalf taking into consideration what I have written in this document and in consultation with the physician(s) and other health care providers as appropriate.

To my son ...

I encourage you to involve and/or request that Hospice become involved in my care if they are not already.

I would also encourage you to seek guidance and support from those who have guided and mentored me in life; and/or from family and close friends of mine you relate with. Including but are not specific to: (list provided in person).

What I Would Like Family, Friends and Other Caregivers to Know, Regarding Care

(Please consider having some aspects of the following, also kept at the bedside)

Throughout my life I have made use of metaphor, symbolism, and lyrical language especially when broaching sensitive subjects or to talk more broadly. It makes sense that I will continue to do so even into my dying process. Some of it may sound like I am not making sense, or perhaps delirious or hallucinating. If you are not familiar with this consider reading Final Gifts and/or Grace In Dying, which may give you a better understanding generally and also insight into my own current belief systems. Nature is a metaphor I have been known to use a lot in my writings.

However, each of you that know me will have a better insight into the metaphors and symbolism that I use. Without getting too analytical, and trusting your intuitive awareness and inner knowing, be curious and you will likely be able to interpret and understand what I am communicating.

I prefer not to be in pain and yet sometimes I know pain serves a larger purpose. I want my doctor to provide me with medicine to relieve physical pain and/or other symptoms; and for all my caregivers to access and employ other interventions such as energy modalities, meditation, and mindfulness practice, both prior to and if necessary when there may be pain and suffering, including that caused by emotional, spiritual or existential distress, that may also manifest or exacerbate physical pain and/or other symptoms.

If I am close to death, due to the end stage of a disease process or experience a catastrophic event, from which I am not expected to recover, and that requires living on life support for my remaining days, I would prefer nature to take its course and that life support treatment only be considered on a limited temporary basis:

  • to allow family members the option to see me
  • and/or the necessary travel time to my bedside
  • and/or to give family members a few days to come to terms with the reality that my life is at an end. If this is the case I would encourage those family members to seek support from those who have similar belief systems about life and death as I have had and/or have guided and mentored me. See above for suggestions.

I would also ask that even in this state, you ask me, if my wishes are still the same as per these instructions and to pay attention and trust the non verbal communication and clues of my response. I believe that even in this altered state, inner work can be done and so if I indicate a change of mind, to honor that change. I trust that whenever the internal work I've needed to do, has been done, the indications will become apparent to you and others through connection, non verbal communication and intuitive knowing; and my life in this body, on this earth will come to an end.

My preference is to be cared for with kindness and respect for my body and being. My preference is to be kept clean, warm and safe.

I am comfortable with both solitude and mindful presence, please provide me with both. You may also want to consider offering to:

  • Hold hands
  • Meditate beside and/or with me quietly or via a guided meditation/visualization
  • Match/pace our breaths
  • Encourage and support mindfulness and present moment experience
  • Utilize sound and music as a means of connection
  • Read to me
  • Be silent and yet present

When considering any of these, or other comfort measures, please offer it as an option to me, while also tuning in to yourself and trusting the intuitive process and the spiritual/heart connection we have in that moment, as to what would best meet both our needs right then and there.
Where possible I would like to have a few pictures of my loved ones in my room and near my bed especially pictures of: (names provided)

My preference is to die in the most suitable place, taking into account both my needs and that of my loved ones. My general preference would be at home or hospice.

I wish for my family and friends to seek and accept comfort, support and guidance in caring for me and/or if challenged by my condition or impending death. I do not see tears and sadness as a bad thing, as they are an expression of love and loss. I do not need you to "put on a happy face" for me, as that really only builds barriers between us. I would rather that you shared your heart with me and if it is feeling broken in the moment – to allow that to be, so we can comfort each other together - heart to heart. Know also I believe we have and will continue to have a heart to heart connection beyond this world.

I ask my family, friends and caregivers to find ways and/or support for themselves in dealing with any discomfort/anxiety/moral distress that may have manifested as a result of caring for me and/or in how I have been cared for, that conflicts with their beliefs system and ways of being.

What I Want My Loved Ones to Know

Where possible I would like to have my network of friends and family told that I am sick and/or dying and ask that they hold me close in thought; and to also let them know the following:

To each and every one who are part of my family of origin and my family of friends and connections.

Thank you for being part of my life, for bearing witness to various ages and stages I have lived, experienced and been humbled by. For being present in my life even if only from a distance, as our paths have woven together and apart.

Underneath it all, individually and collectively you each matter deeply to me as part of a larger family connection, some through ancestral lines, others through marriage and others still, through choice of connection. The love I have for you specifically and for the wider connectedness we all share, cannot be broken or taken away.

In moments of intensity, and for other reasons, people can and do inadvertently hurt each other. Please forgive me for any harm or suffering I may have caused you through any of my actions, behaviours, or attitudes over the years. Some of it may have been reactionary, coming from my own place of hurt, anxiety, or retaliation of a perceived wrong; while many more would have been unintentional and a result of my ignorance, immaturity, or inability at the time to be present to what was truly going on or was needed at the time.

And know that I forgive you for any and all discomfort, misunderstanding, and hurt that may have occurred, between us, felt or imagined on either of our parts.

Thank you again for being part of my life, for the lived stories we have experienced and shared together; and the love that is eternally there ...... for love never dies.

After Death

  • If feasible, I would like any viable organs to be harvested and donated so that they may be used to extend or enhance someone else's life or quality of life.
  • With respect to the disposition of the vessel that I lived life through (this body), I leave it to my son, as to what would bring him most comfort. I am not this body. In time, and through whatever means, it too will no longer exist returning to the earth as elemental particles. It does not house any aspect of me and/or who I was.
  • I continue to live with you daily, in your heart and mind and am present energetically, seen and unseen and in all manner of life manifested. I can be found in the breeze that touches your face; the sound of the lapping water on the shore line; in all the new growth springing forth seen in the leaves on the trees, flowers in the garden and all the bounty and beauty found constantly in nature, when one pays attention to it...... And I live in the stillness of presence that transcends the bounds of thought, time and space and is also accessible and available to you, every moment.

With Love

Accent photo courtesy of Christina Nienaber-Roberts

As a minister and hospital chaplain, TH has watched families struggle to make life and death decisions on behalf of a loved one in emotionally-charged situations and with little time to consider their choices. He has also been in the situation himself as, with his siblings, there were decisions to make during the last days in his own parents’ lives. He knows it is never easy but he also knows that it is so helpful to have had conversations with those close to us along the way so that the decisions we may need to make on their behalf will reflect their own beliefs, values, and wishes. That experience has prompted him to have that conversation with those closest to him and to spend some time writing it all down.

He says about this experience, “Not only am I making it easier on my loved ones to make choices for me, but also I found the experience personally meaningful as it brought to heart and mind and paper things that were stirring within me but which would have remained unclear if I hadn’t taken the time to give them voice.”

Video ~ Advance care planning with my wife

 

Video ~ Advance care planning: What is has been like to prepare my own advance care plan.

Accent photo courtesy of Christina Nienaber-Roberts

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

COMOX VALLEY ADVANCE CARE PLANNING 

  "It always seems too early .... until it's too late" 

 

 2017 ACP WORKSHOP DATES 

The Comox Valley ACP Committee hosts Advance Care Planning workshops at various times of the year. These workshops include:  

  • Part I:      Introduction to Advance Care Planning and 
  • Part II:     Working on Your Advance Care Plan.

Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in duration.  

If you are interested in attending a workshop please call the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5533 to register.

You  may also leave your name and contact information if you have a special request regarding Advance Care Planning. A member of the Comox Valley Advance Care Planning team will contact you. 

 

 PART I -  'INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCE CARE PLANNING'

The Part I Introduction to Advance Care Planning Workshop is held for participants who are interested in learning why an advance care plan is important and how to begin the conversation with your loved ones and your physician about your personal health care wishes. Participants will also hear about the current BC Legislation and resources that will assist participants in preparing their own advance care plan.

At the Part I 'Introduction to Advance Care Planning' Workshop interested participants will be notified of upcoming dates for the PART II - 'Working on Your Advance Care Plan' 2 hour workshop. The BC Government's advance care planning guide called 'My Voice - Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment' is available to workshop participants by donation. See map links below for Workshop Locations.

*** Please Note

Workshop Facilitators are taking a break over the summer months of 2017. If you are interested in having your name on a list for a future Part I - "Introduction to Advance Care Planning Workshop" please contact the Comox Valley Hospice Society at 250-339-5533 

 

  • Thursday September 14, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Part I - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox 
  • Saturday  September 30, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Part I - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox 

 

PART II - 'WORKING ON YOUR ADVANCE CARE PLAN'

The Part II workshop is held for participants who have previously attended Part I -'Introduction to Advance Care Planning' and who now wish to develop their own written advance care plans. Individuals wishing to register for Part II are requested to let the Part I Workshop Facilitators know of your interest. Registration for upcoming Part II Workshops will be available at the Part I Workshop or by contacting the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

 

WORKSHOP LOCATIONS - Click on the link beside each Workshop Location below for map directions

Berwick Comox Valley 1700 Comox Avenue, Comox  map

Comox Fire Hall at 1870 Noel Avenue, Comox map

Comox United Church at 250 Beach Drive, Comox map

Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church at 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay  map 

North Island College 2300 Ryan Road East, Courtenay map    Campus Building Directory

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox 1825 Comox Avenue, Comox map

Vancouver Island Regional Library - Courtenay  at 300 - 6th Street, Courtenay  map

Vancouver Island Visitor Centre at # 101 - 3607 Small Road, Courtenay  map

 

HOW TO REGISTER  - To register for future workshops or for further information about Advance Care Planning, please contact Comox Valley Hospice Society  250 - 339-5533 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Additional Workshops are available by special request.

 

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PAST PRESENTATIONS

2017

  • Thurs. June 22, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Thurs. June 8, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Mon. May 29, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Comox Fire Hall
  • Mon. May 15, 2017 - Part I -  Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • May 8, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Presentation to Comox Valley Prostate Support Group
  • Thurs. April 20, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall
  • Sat. April 1, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Thurs. March 30, 2017 -  'Food for Thought' Conversation about Advance Care Planning hosted by North Island College Nursing Students
  • Sat. March 18, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 - Comox
  • Tues Feb 28, 2017 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Comox Fire Hall
  • Thurs. Feb 23, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Vancouver Island Visitor Centre
  • Mon. Jan 30, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning- Comox Fire Hall
  • Wed. Jan 25, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • Sun.  Jan 8, 2017 -  Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, 888 Wing RCAFA, Lazo
  • Thurs. Jan 5, 2017 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall 

2016

  • Tues Dec 13, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Courtenay Public Library
  • Mon Nov 16, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall
  • Mon Nov 7, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Courtenay Public Library
  • Mon Oct 17, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Berwick Comox Valley (5)
  • Wed Oct 12, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Casa Loma (21)
  • Mon June 27, 2016 - Information Session on Medical Assistance in Dying and ACP for Comox Valley Hospice Volunteers - Comox Fire Hall
  • Tues June 7, 2016- Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Comox Fire Hall
  • May 27-28, 2016 - Participation in the BC Hospice Palliative Care Conference - Sharing The Comox Valley ACP Story - Richmond, BC
  • Thurs May 26, 2016 - BC Centre for Palliative Care - Training Volunteers to Facilitate an ACP Public Event - Radisson Hotel, Richmond BC
  • Wed May 18, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • Wed May 4, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning, Comox Fire Hall
  • Tues April 26, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick Comox Valley
  • Sat April 16, 2016 - National Advance Care Planning Day - North Island College - Video showing of Dr. Atul Gawande's PBS Frontline Documentary 'Being Mortal' & Panel Presentation
  • Tues April 12, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick Comox Valley
  • Mon April 4, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Fire Hall
  • Tues Mar 22, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Courtenay Public Library  
  • Tues Mar 8, 2016 -  Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library 
  • Thurs Mar 3, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library
  • Fri Feb 26, 2016 - School District 71 - Pro D Day - ACP Workshop- Vanier High School
  • Tues Feb 23 2016 - Part II Working on Your Advance Care Plan - North Island College - Elder College
  • Wed Feb 17, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Tues Feb 9, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - North Island College - Elder College
  • Thurs Feb 11, 2016 - Advance Care Planning with ARNBC- Comox Valley - North Island College
  • Tues Feb 2, 2016 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Comox United Church
  • Tues Jan 26, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Tues Jan 19, 2016 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox United Church

2015 

  • Tues Dec 8, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Courtenay Public Library
  • Wed Nov 25, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Pan - Comox Curves
  • Tues Nov 24, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library
  • Thurs Nov 19, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Curves
  • Tues Nov 17, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Courtenay Public Library
  • Sat Oct 17, 2015 - Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices Education Day - Parksville
  • Tues Oct 13, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Wed Oct 7 & Thurs Oct 8, 2015 - Berwick CV - "Boot Camp for Seniors'
  • Tues Sept 29, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Thurs Sept 24, 2015- Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Comox Presbyterian Church, Aspen Road, Comox
  • Tues Sept 15, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick CV
  • Tues June 16, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Tues June 9, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick CV
  • Tues May 26, 2015 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick CV
  • Thurs May 28, 2015 - Part I- Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick CV
  • Thurs April 16, 2015 - National Advance Care Planning Day 2015 - Two Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning Workshops hosted at Berwick CV
  • Mon Feb 16, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick, CV
  • Wed Feb 11, 2015 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - BC Cancer Society, Courtenay
  • Mon Feb 2, 2015 - Part 1 - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV

2014

  • Dec 8, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • Dec 4, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - BC Cancer Society, Courtenay 
  • Oct 17, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Elder College
  • Oct 24, 2014 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Elder College
  • Sept 24, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • Sept 15, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • June 11, 2014 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan - Berwick, CV
  • May 25, 2014 - Part I - Intro to Advance Care Planning - Comox Unity Spiritual Centre
  • May 14, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to Advance Care Planning - Berwick, CV
  • Apr 16, 2014 - National Advance Care Planning Day, "Is Advance Care Planning on Your Bucket List?" Open House & heARTful Expressions Exhibit - Berwick, CV
  • Apr 9, 2014 - Part II - Working on Your Advance Care Plan, Berwick, CV
  • Mar 12, 2014 - Part I-  Introduction to ACP Workshop at Berwick CV
  • Feb 27, 2014 - Part I - Introduction to ACP - Comox Strathcona Probus Club, Comox Legion
  • Feb 19, 2014 - Can. Hospice Palliative Care Webinar - Planning for National ACP Day
  • Jan 7, 2014 - ACP Presentation to Comox Valley White Cane Club

 2013

  • Nov 25, 2013 - Part II ACP Workshop at Berwick CV
  • Nov 19, 2013 - Part I ACP - Presbyterian Church - Comox
  • Nov 18, 2013 - Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • Nov 9, 2013 - Vanc Island Fed of Island Hospices Education Day, Tigh Na Mara, Parksville
  • Oct 28, 2013 - Part II ACP - Nursing Centre, Courtenay
  • Oct 21, 2013 - Part I ACP - Nursing Centre, Courtenay
  • Sept 23, 2013 - Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • Aug 31, 2013 - Woodland Gardens/Kitty Coleman - Promotion of heARTful Expressions
  • June 26, 2013 - Part II ACP - Berwick CV
  • June 17, 2013 - Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • June 2013 - Part I ACP - St. George United Church
  • June 8, 2013 - Elevate the Arts, Courtenay - heARTful Expressions
  • May 19, 2013 - Woodland Gardens/Kitty Coleman - Promotion of heARTful Expressions
  • May 13, 2013- Part I ACP - Berwick CV
  • May 9, 2013  - ACP Presentation to Comox Valley Clergy
  • May 7, 2013 - Showing of 'Are You Listening to Me?' - a play by Dandelion on ACP - Creekside Commons, Courtenay
  • Apr 18, 2013 - 'Consider the Conversation' video showing at North Island College - Panel discussion on ACP
  • Apr 18, 2013 - ACP Presentation to Comox Valley Clergy
  • National ACP Day April 16, 2013 - Premiere showing of 'Are You Listening to Me? A whimsical fantasy of the final journey from here to there', at Courtenay Little Theatre Rehearsal space. Play written by Dandelion for heARTful Expressions
  • Apr 6, 2013 - ACP Presentation to Presbyterian Men's Breakfast Club
  • Apr 5, 2013 - Launch of Comox Valley ACP website
  • Mar 18, 2013 - ACP presentation to Comox Valley Ostomy Club
  • March 2013 - Part I ACP - Comox United Church
  • March 2013 - Part I ACP - Kiwanis Village
  • Feb 26, 2013- Part I ACP - Comox United Church
  • Feb 21, 2013 - ACP Presentation to Kiwanis Club
  • Feb 18, 2013 - ACP Presentation on Denman Island
  • Feb 2, 2013 - Comox Valley World Community Film Festival
  • Feb 1, 2013 - Part I ACP - Comox United Church
  • Jan 20, 2013 - Comox Senior's Forum, Florence Filberg Centre
  • Jan 22, 2013 - North Island College 'Ethics in Nursing' Class Presentation

 2012 

  • Dec 2012 - Xmas 'Tis the Season to start the conversation about ACP' media release
  • Nov 2012 - ACP Presentation to Physician Support Program
  •  Nov 2012 - Hornby Island, Denman Island ACP Presentations
  • Fall 2012 - Presentation to 'Ethics in Nursing Class' at North Island College
  • Sept/Oct 2012 - ACP Presentations at Nursing Centre, Courtenay
  • Aug 28, 2012 - Introduction to ACP-  Hospice Volunteers and guests
  • July 2012 - Draft outline developed for ACP workshops
  • May 8, 2012 - 'Conversation on Aging' Playlet shown to Hospice volunteers at Comox Valley Senior's Village
  • Apr 27, 2012 - 'Life Before Death' film and community panel, Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC
  • Mar 28, 2012 - Invitational Island Health (VIHA) Workshop on "'Consent to Health Care and ACP", Nanaimo - Federation of Vancouver  Island Hospices

  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

A huge bouquet of thanks to all those who helped to support National Advance Care Planning Day April 16, 2016 at North Island College - Stan Hagen Theatre. Dr. Atul Gawande's PBS Frontline Documentary 'Being Mortal' was shown followed by a Panel Presentation. A special thanks to North Island College Nursing Faculty and Students, Moderator Barb Colwell and Panel Members: Dr. Leah MacDonald, Nicole Burgess, Whitney Schaefer, Richard Hart and Sue Grant. We also wish to thank our event sponsors, volunteers and the @ 150 participants who took part in this very important community conversation.

Our sincere gratitude to our partner Berwick Comox Valley for their ongoing support of our Community Conversations and for hosting our very successful National Advance Care Planning Day events, April 16, 2014 & 2015

A special thank you to Rice Toyota Courtenay for hosting Comox Valley ACP Committee meetings. 

 

 

 


heARTful Expressions - National Advance Care Planning Day April 16, 2014

 "Creative outlets of expression allow complex and strong feelings to be rendered in tangible forms that have the power to express things that words alone cannot" (Center for Hospice Care, Southeast Connecticut)

  

Paintings by - L'Arche Comox Valley

 

National Advance Care Planning Day Wednesday April 16, 2014 saw the Comox Valley Advance Care Planning Committee celebrate heARTful Expressions at an evening public exhibition, open house and reception held at Berwick Retirement Community in Comox.

heARTful Expressions emerged from the committee's recognition of people’s individual creativity as a beneficial avenue for communication and one way to possibly start the conversation about advance care planning. As the Comox Valley is a unique region that is well known for its rich array of artistry and creativity including artists who work in many mediums, the committee established heARTful Expressions to encourage creative ways of ‘having the talk’ about advance care planning. Throughout 2013 community members with an interest in creativity and the arts were invited to take part in this project encouraging conversations about the issues, ideas, and concerns that may arise when people express their own personal wishes about advance care planning, life and death wishes and bereavement.

Nearly 200 individuals enjoyed viewing and listening to the unique sharings that formed our heARTful Expressions exhibit and open house. We gratefully acknowledge the participating artists and their unique gifts of inspiration as a variety of art mediums were celebrated including: theatre, written verse & creative writing, painting, photography, rock art, paverpol, glass jewelry and creations, stained glass, dance, songwriting, music and doll making.

Participants created original works of art that encouraged people to have the conversation about advance care planning at the open house and with their loved ones. Having one’s voice and personal wishes spoken from the heART was a common theme throughout the submitted pieces.

 Our sincere thanks to our heARTful Expressions Artists!

 

♥ Angela Termarsch     Paverpol - ‘Teacup’, ‘Clown’ and ‘Angel’

♥ April Dyck                 Paintings - ‘Joy’ and ‘Army of Angels’

♥ Barbara Simonson     Painted Craft Coffin - ‘Out of the Box’

♥ Cheryl Moore             Ala Prima Painting Series -  ‘Laughter is Good for the Soul’

♥ Cleo Agar                  Contemporary Dance -  ‘Where is my Mind’

♥ Christina Nienaber-Roberts  Photography & Creative Writing -  ‘The Things That Are Important To Me’

Dandelion                  ‘Are you Listening to Me? A Whimsical fantasy of the final journey from here to there’ (Theatre production)

♥ E. Ann Behrens           Creative Writing - ‘Come The Day’

♥ Jane Gilchrist              Puppetry Video - ‘Is There An Elephant in the Room?’

♥ Janet Shaw                  Pianist - ‘Piano Selections’

♥ Julia Campbell            Guitar & Song - ‘Dance to the end of Love’

♥ Kath Street                 Copper Sculpture - ‘Tunnel of Love’ & Creative Writing              

♥ L’ARCHE Comox Valley Outreach Centre                   Watercolour Paintings

Brandy Jensen                                               ‘Happy Hearts’

Gary Scavarda                                                ‘Love’

Joe Lacourse                                                 ‘Overflowing with Hearts’

Mildred Johnson                                            ‘Red Heart’

Rachel Scott                                                  ‘Sparkling Hearts’

Robert Cronk                                                 ‘Pastel Heart’

Shelley Blake-Knox                                        ‘From the Heart’

Suzanne Davis                                               ‘Fruit of the Heart’

♥ L’ARCHE Group Art Piece 1:                          ‘A COMMUNITY OF HEARTS ‘

By Brandy, Chrissy, Gary, Jennifer, Joe, Judith, Millie, Rachel, Robert, Shelley, Suzanne

♥ L’ARCHE Group Art Piece 2:                          ‘BUTTON HEART ‘

By Shelley and Claire

♥ Lynn Black                       Painting - ‘My Loving Family and Friends’

♥ Marla Thirsk                    Painting - ‘Eat, Love, Play’, Art Dolls, Paperclay Sculptures 

 

♥ Martha Ponting              4 Paintings - ‘I Hope You Danced’; ‘Shelter & Grace’ ; ‘Where Serenity & Grace Prevail’ ; ‘The Desiderata’ 

 

♥ Martin Kaspers               Nature Photography- ‘Trio of Landscapes’ 

 

♥ Mikeoula                        Sound Practitioner - ‘Healing Sounds’

 

♥ Monique Thompson       Photography - ’07:25 am & 4:53 pm ‘The Same Day’

Patti Wilson                   Stained Glass- ‘Stained Glass Selections’

♥ Ron Simmons                 Woodworking Birdhouses - ‘Trio of Birdhouses’

♥ Sabine Arends                Fireworx Glass - 'Glass Selections’

♥ Sharon Bearpark             Photography & Creative Writing - ‘My Voice’

 Sue Pyper                       Painting & Pointillism - ‘Did Someone Say Treats?’,   ‘Daisies’       & ‘Going With The Flow -The Wishing Stone’

 Voices Three  -               'The Last Rhapsody' - Helen Austin, Sue Pyper, Judy Wing 

 Wendy Lynn East            Rock Art - ‘Rock Art Collection’

 The Ice Cream Ladies - 'Eat, Play, Love'

 "I created this series because every painting I saw was of a young beautiful woman, especially if she was in a bathing suit. Just because we grow old doesn't mean we are not beautiful anymore. It's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years." - Marla Thirsk

 

The Artist, Creativity and ‘Having the Conversation‘

How heARTful Expressions was inspired …

  

Adapted from 'Eternal Echoes' by John O'Donohue, Author of Anam Cara

 

The artist trains him or herself while animated by a unique longing.

There are no outer ready-made maps for what the artist wants to create as one’s heart pushes out to the edge in the creation of something original.

The artist is called not so much from the outside as from the unknown depths within, and the invitation to create comes from elsewhere.

Artists coax the invisible towards a form where it becomes faintly visible, or silence moves towards voice. Out of the flow something new begins to emerge.

The artist is fiercely called to truth.

Despite all of the personal limitation and uncertainty, the artist has to express what he or she finds.

The artist is always faithful to longing first. This willingness to follow the longing “wherever it leads” enables all kinds of new possibilities of creation.

The Artist is a permanent pilgrim finding their voice in their chosen medium.

Art leads to another way of ‘having the conversation’ about important life issues, beliefs, values and wishes.  Art and creativity may be one’s chosen route to advance care planning and heARTful Expressions emerged from this creative source.

  

 Think Outside The Box

 

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Artist - Barb Simonson 

 

The heART of advance care planning

                                             h ave the conversation

                                             xpress your wishes

                                             A llow your voice to be heard

                                             eveal what is important to you 

                                                                   ell those you love

 

On behalf of the Comox Valley Advance Care Planning Committee we would like to acknowledge the following Sponsors and Draw Prize Contributors for their support of the 2014 National Advance Care Planning Day events

Ambassador Shuttle
Berwick Comox Valley
Comox Valley Hospice Society
Courtenay Little Theatre
L’Arche Comox Valley
Locals Restaurant at The Old House
Majestic Bed & Breakfast & Kayaking, Ucluelet
Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem
St. Joseph’s General Hospital 
Vigneti Zanatta Winery, Cowichan Valley

  And a special note of thanks to our Presenters and Performers

Cleo Agar
Janet Shaw
Julia Campbell
Lynn Brandon
Mikeoula
Ted Hicks
Voices Three – Judy Wing, Sue Pyper and Helen Austin

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