Speaking Up On End Of Life Care

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 16:19 PM

It may be a difficult topic but Monday marks a day to Speak Up on end-of-life care.

April 16 is National Advanced Care Planning Day and Speak Up South Shore is looking to spark that conversation.

Colleen Cash, executive director of the Nova Scotia Hospice and Palliative Care Association, says it's important to talk about the issue in advance.

"No one wants to be left behind wondering if they did the right thing for your loved one and you certainly don't want to be wondering while you're ill if you're receiving the right services and supports."

She says having a plan is a gift a person leaves their loved ones.

"You don't necessarily have to make all of your decisions or start to think of everything all at once," says Cash. " It's a long complicated process, at least it can be, so just to start the process."

Several health organizations and volunteers will have a booth in the Bridgewater mall April 16.

The hospice and palliative care association has also partnered with Speak Up.

It will be open all day and volunteers will provide information on end-of-life care.