Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to think and talk about your beliefs, values and wishes, and to let people know what is important to you for future healthcare decisions if you were unable to speak for yourself.

It means starting conversations with family and friends, and appointing a Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. Advance Care Planning includes writing down your wishes and informing your healthcare providers of your plan.

Living well also means planning well and Advance Care Planning is an important component of everyone’s overall life planning. Having an advance care plan is a gift you give to yourself and everyone who is important in your life.

Be brave and start a conversation that matters!

Don’t delay in starting your conversations – be curious and consider what is important to you as your healthcare needs change. Advance Care Planning is a simple three step process that includes:


About your values, beliefs and wishes then decide what matters most!


With people you trust and appoint a Substitute Decision Maker.


Prepare and continually share your advance care plan with those who matter most to you!

2022 Advanced Care Planning Session

Mar 16, 2023 10:00 AM


“Who will speak for you when the time comes where you cannot speak for yourself?”

Advance Care Planning is important for every adult to consider and an important part of overall life planning.  In this session, Central Okanagan Hospice Association’s specially trained hospice palliative care volunteers and staff present information to help you understand Advance Care Planning; what it is and what it is not.  Participants will learn why it is important to reflect and speak out values, beliefs and wishes with family and friends, in regard to future health care decisions.  COHA invites you to be brave and join us to begin a conversation that matters!


Natasha Girard, Executive Director, Central Okanagan Hospice Association

Patty Walker, Volunteer, Central Okanagan Hospice Association; End-of-Life Doula, Member of the End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada; BC Center for Palliative Care – Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training.


Click below to register via Zoom Webinar

Previous Central Okanagan Hospice Association Advance Care Planning Sessions:

Advance Care Planning Sessions
In May 2021 we hosted a online webinar to help individuals learn about advance care planning and how to think, talk and plan for future healthcare decisions. You can watch the pre-recorded webinar below.

Family Caregiver Series - Advance Care Planning


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