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Comox Valley Advance Care Planning in the Media 


Advance Care Planning : It's Never Too Early to be prepared - April 4, 2018

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.


The Conversation Project with Diane Sawyer

The Conversation Project with Diane Sawyer on ABC World News

Diane Sawyer features The Conversation Project on ABC News and the importance of having the conversation with family. ABC World News, Aired June 9, 2014.  

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








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