News & Events
Nov 14, 2012
Advance Care Guidelines from Catholic Health Association of British Columbia
On September 1, 2011, in the Province of British Columbia, legislation was enacted that legalizes written advance care directives. The new laws detail the requirements for the preparation of written directions that can be used by loved ones and care providers should an individual become unable to speak for him or herself.
Written plans for future care are not mandatory, but many individuals wish to have a way of letting their loved ones know how they would like to be cared for if the time ever came when they could not speak for themselves. Even if an individual does not wish to document his or her written wishes, it is important to have the conversation with loved ones about what care and treatment would be wanted in the future.
Some of our health authorities in BC employ very useful documents for this purpose, such as "My Voice", but they do not specifically address issues from a faith-based perspective. CHABC has developed this guide for those who wish to make their future plans while taking into consideration the teachings of the Catholic Church on end of life issues.
CHABC thanks the BC and Yukon Bishops for their support and endorsement of this publication and also express their sincere gratitude to the Saint Mary's Health Foundation which provided a generous grant to allow us to develop and distribute our document.
Click here to view the document.