Advance care planning is about understanding how you want to live your life

Rocco Gerace, the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, has written an inspiring and informative opinion piece about advance care planning. Rather than think about it as simply a plan for death, Gerace argues that the process is all about planning for a good life – and that approaching it in this way can help us confront a difficult conversation.

“It’s not always easy,” Gerace writes, “but taking the time to reflect on and discuss these issues can lead to better experiences at the end-of-life. Yet, despite the importance of advance care planning, a 2012 study done by Ipsos Reid for Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET) and Fraser Health showed that 86% of Canadians are not familiar with the term, less than half have talked to a family member or friend about their wishes for care if they become ill and are unable to communicate, and only 9% have ever spoken to a healthcare provider about their wishes.”

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