What is Advance Care Planning?


Advance Care Planning conversations are often difficult to start.  Even though friends and family want to honor your wishes, they might have trouble talking about end-of-life care. However, if they don’t know what your wishes are, they can’t follow them.

These are conversations we all need to make through out our lifetime, not just when facing a life limiting illness or crisis. Talking together, and often, is the answer to help you give the gift of letting others know your end-of-life wishes.


This is a process of personal reflection about what is important to you, and then talking with your family, friends, and physician about your thoughts. Some questions you might ask yourself are:

What gives my life meaning?

Who are the important people in my life?

What makes them important?

What have been my experiences with death and dying?

How did I cope during these times?

How did my family cope?

Who will take care of my children if I pass away?​

What will happen to my pets if I die?

What medical interventions should I know about?

What might some probable circumstances be with my particular medical condition?


What questions should I ask my physician and healthcare team?


The Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association offers a variety resources for you to explore, from articles, videos, and website links, as well as two education sessions every spring and autumn on how to start these conversations with your loved ones.

Session #1

"Think, Talk, Plan"


This session address the need for people to think about what their family, loved ones, and their physician need to know in regards to their healthcare plan. Who would be your spokesperson if you were unable to speak for yourself? How do you start this conversation with your chosen substitute decision maker?

Virtual Event Toolkit


1. ACP Session #1 - Think, Talk, Plan

2. ACP My Voice Planning Guide

3. It's Your Choice - A Personal Planning Tool

4. Representation Agreement

5. Temporary Substitute Decision Makers

6. Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)

7. Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment FAQs

8. No CPR Form (for First Responders)

9. No CPR Form FAQs

Optional Information


1. ACP Speak Up Booklet


2. ACP Speak Up Workbook 

3. ACP Speak Up Workbook (Fillable PDF)

4. Think, Talk, Plan Brochure


5. ACP My Voice Quick Tips Brochure

6. ACP My Voice Brochure

7. ACP My Voice Brochure - First Nations

Session #2

"Speak Up"


This session helps you fill out the "My Voice" forms. This is not an easy task, but is a worthwhile gift of knowledge for your family, loved ones, and designated decision-maker so they know how to respect your wishes.

If you are interest in attending a session, please check back often or follow the QDHPCA Facebook page for upcoming events.


Advanced Care Planning


Advance Care Planning in BC

In British Columbia, advance directives are legal documents for all capable adults who want to do advance care planning. This website contains information on starting your Advance Care Planning journey in British Columbia

Advance Care Planning in Northern BC

This website contains information on starting your Advance Care Planning journey in Northern BC

BC Cancer - Advance Care Planning

Covers the full spectrum of cancer care from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to research and education, to supportive and palliative care

BC Center for Palliative Care - Advance Care Planning Resources

Filled with resources, information, and tools to help you with the What, Who, When, Why, and How of Advance Care Planning for all ages and cultures in BC

The Conversation Project

This American website is filled with information on how to start the conversation about end-of-life care

Speak Up

Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health and personal care. This website is the basis of the QDHPCA's Advance Care Planning sessions


Advance Care Planning Videos


AdvanceCarePlanning.ca Videos

This invaluable website offers many videos to help you in your Advance Care Planning journey

Dying with Dignity Webinars

Engage with the issues and empower yourself by watching our thought-provoking webinars on death, dying and preparing for end of life


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