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Lunch & Learn – Helping People Prepare for the Unexpected: Advance Serious Illness Planning

December 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Please join the British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association virtually for their Winter Lunch & Learn Series to learn about advanced serious illness planning and substitute decision-making laws in BC. Provide the ultimate gift of peace of mind to you and your family.

Dates: December 7th & 8th, 2021

Time: 12 to 1 pm Pacific Standard Time

Location: Virtual

Who Can Attend?:
BC Hospice Palliative Care Association Members can attend for FREE.

Non-members by Donation

Tuesday, December 7, 2021


“Helping People Prepare for the Unexpected: Advance Serious Illness Planning


Advance Serious Illness Planning is putting your values, goals and preferences into a document, so when you are ill and can no longer make decisions, your doctors, substitute decision-maker and your family can refer to them.

Serious illness, like COVID-19 pneumonia, a major car accident, or a severe stroke, can happen at any time. With all serious illnesses, there is a probability you can die, but there is also a probability you can recover. It is likely you will be so sick that you are unable to communicate, but there will be important medical decisions that need to be made about the care you receive. The doctors will look to your family members for help in making these decisions that have life and death consequences. Who would speak for you? And, do they know what your values and preferences are? If they don’t know your values and preferences, they will suffer tremendous stress and anxiety and you may not get the medical care that is right for you. The sad reality is that in hospitals today, lots of medical errors happen where people are getting the wrong medical care, which adds to suffering and distress.

By planning your medical care in advance and sharing information with your family members, you can significantly reduce their stress and anxiety when they are called upon to make decisions for you. And, you are more likely to get the medical care that is right for you!


Presenter: Dr. Daren Heyland

A critical care physician, Professor of Medicine at  Queen’s University and internationally renowned researcher, Daren is also the founder of Plan Well Guide

Dr Daren Heyland is a critical care doctor, a medical researcher, and a Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada where he serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at the Kingston General Hospital.  He is a champion of person-centered care and has over his career developed a number of tools and strategies to enable lay people to understand serious illness decision-making so they get the medical care that is right for them (or their loved ones). He has developed and maintains two free, online decision aids, www.planwellguide.com and www.myicuguide.ca, and two related patient/family satisfaction instruments so the most vulnerable of seriously ill patients groups (or their families) can bring their voice to the quality improvement table (see www.fsicu.ca for more on the Family Satisfaction with ICU care and www.thecarenet.ca for more on the CANHELP Satisfaction questionnaire). Overall, Dr. Heyland has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, raised more than $110 million in external grant support and given > 400 international presentations.


December 7, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association