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A compassionate Ottawa supports and empowers individuals, their families and their communities throughout life to live well and to die and grieve well.

Conversations and Advance Care Planning

Through its focus on conversations and advance care planning, Compassionate Ottawa encourages all of us to think about what we might want for ourselves at the end of our life, support loved ones to think about an advance care plan and to care for each other.  Compassionate Ottawa’s program of conversations and Advance Care Planning workshops emphasise reflection and communication, supported by good information and resources.


Video: The Importance of Advance Care Planning

Nadine Valk of Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program talks about why it is important for Canadians to speak with their substitute decision makers about their wishes, values and beliefs.


Guide - Conversations - English

A complete guide to how to have conversations about your wishes, values and beliefs with your substitute decision maker(s).



Guide - Conversations - Français

Un guide complet sur la manière d'avoir des conversations sur vos souhaits, vos valeurs et vos croyances avec votre ou vos mandataires pour vos soins personnels.



About Conversations and ACP


Trained community facilitators will introduce you to one of the most important conversations of your life. They will invite you to reflect on your values, wishes and beliefs relating to future care, and encourage you to learn more about the kind of care you’d like. The conversations might lead to a more in depth Advance Care Planning workshop where you will think about who will speak for you about your care if you are unable to do so yourself, and get resources to take home for  your own use after the workshop.

Why are we doing this?

Statistics tell us that under 25% of us have prepared a plan for our future care and shared it with others. Many of us haven’t yet talked with our family about our wishes, values and hopes. Through conversations leading to a plan, you can describe what kind of care you would like from health care providers and as importantly, from your family, friends, and community. You can review your plan and change it as your situation changes, and share it with the person who will speak on your behalf. Remember, only a small amount of your care will come from the health care system. The rest will come from those around you. That is why it is wise that your wishes, values and beliefs are talked about and that you tell others what kind of care you would like at the end of your life.


Our approach


Small and large groups of friends, members of a faith community, people who use a community or fitness centre, or attend a community health centre or resource centre, and any other group can gather for a conversation, perhaps followed by an ACP workshop. Facilitators will introduce the conversation with their own stories and encourage participants to share personal experiences. They will provide ideas about how to begin conversations with family or others, give important information about choosing someone to speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself, and encourage questions about end of life care in Ontario.

For more information

If you would like to know more about our Conversations and Advance Care Planning focus, share your ideas or experiences with us, or are interested in organizing a workshop, please contact us at

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