Why not include the following message in your news bulletin, order of services, or program? Plant the seed and point your community to our resources.
Imagine you’re in the hospital, too ill or hurt to speak for yourself…Do you know who would make health care decisions for you? Imagine your husband or wife has had a stroke and us unable to communicate with the doctors…Do you know what kind of health care he/she would want or not want?
Unfortunately, these situations occur more often than we would like to admit. Deciding who will make health care decisions for you and having conversations with them can make it easier down the road. You can find information on how to decide who will make health care decisions for you (your Substitute Decision Maker(s) or SDM(s)) as well as the roles and responsibilities this person will play if needed by visiting the Conversations Worth Having website www.acpww.ca.
Resources for your faith community
Sharing resources with your faith community is a helpful way to get them started in thinking about this information. Sharing correct resources is an important first step and you can point them in the right direction.