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Planning for the end

Planning for the end

When one enters palliative care, it is essential to plan ahead of time for the possible or inevitable end of the patient's life. This section will direct you to resources meant to aid in that planning process.

Advance care planning

This ongoing process if for the patient to detail their wishes and instructions for future health-care treatments. It involves several steps including:

  • THINK about what is important to you and what you understand about your health.  

  • Use the What Matters Most to Me Workbook to help you. 

  • LEARN about your health, medical treatments, and options.  

    • Use Your Guide to Talking with Your Healthcare Team to assist you.

  • DECIDE who will speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself.  

    • Appoint a proxy by completing page 19 of the My Voice Workbook . 

    • You can appoint a proxy in a stand alone document or as part of a Health Care Directive. 

  • TALK with those close to you and your health-care team.  

    • Use the Conversation Starter Guide to help you.

  • RECORD your wishes. 

    • Use the My Voice Workbook to create a Health Care Directive 

For more information about Advance Care Planning, contact:


Email:  advancecareplanningprgm@saskhealthauthority.caOpens in new window 

Phone:   1-306-766-5922 or 1-833-544-2255

The conversation project

The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative Their goal is simple,

"Our goal is both simple and transformative: to help everyone talk about their wishes for care through the end of life, so those wishes can be understood and respected."

Their greatest resource are their conversation guides for patients to engage with others in conversations in all domains that concern someone in palliative care. Whether that be community, faith or healthcare there are resources to teach people how to navigate end-of-life planning.

To get the free guides or to get involved:

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