March Lunch & Learn Session – Health Care Directives – An Important Piece of the Puzzle

posted Oct 18, 2017, 12:05 PM by Janelle deRocquigny   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

When it comes to your finances, are you looking to experience confidence and peace of mind? Well, believe it or not, spending some intentional time on advanced care planning and health care directives can help create confidence around your finances.

None of us know what tomorrow will bring, or can predict what might become of our health. But there is a way to ensure you have a say in health care decisions that lie ahead, should there come a time when you're unable to speak for yourself. It's called advanced care planning.

In this session we defined what advanced care planning is. We discussed who should consider advanced care planning and when it should be considered.


1. Imagine that without warning, you are in a serious car crash. You are in a hospital intensive care unit. You are no longer able to communicate with anyone. Your heartbeat and breathing can only continue with artificial life support. Despite the best medical treatment, your physicians believe it is unlikely you will return to your previous quality of life. 

2. Imagine your ability to make your own decisions is gone. You live at a residential care facility. You can feed yourself but you no longer know who you are, who your family members are, or what happens from one moment to the next. You will never regain your ability to communicate meaningfully with others. Your condition will likely become worse over time.

3. Imagine you have a progressive chronic illness. Your healthcare team is told you that you may lose your ability to swallow and breathe on your own.

None of us want to experience these scenarios. Unfortunately, life throws curveballs. Good financial planning implies that you are intentional in your planning, not just for the things you would like to have happen, but you have contingencies planned out for those things that you don't want to have happen. This will lead to peace of mind not just for yourself but for your family.

Our special guest speaker, lawyer Cynthia Hiebert- Simkin, partner with Tradition Law LLP,  will took us on a journey that deals with what a healthcare directive does, what happens if you don't have a healthcare directive, an overview of medically assisted dying and who has the rights with respect to the body after death.

These are really important topics. If you're concerned about taking a holistic approach to financial planning, then I think you'd degree this topic warrants education and attention.


Link to Health Care Directive Workbook Here   

If you would like to receive invitations to future events, please contact the office at 204.977.8022 or email

The legal information provided in this session was for general information purposes only.  It is not a replacement for obtaining legal advice pertaining to your particular issues.