Plan ahead – before it kills you

h/t to my friend BA!

Today, April 16th, is National Advanced Care Planning Day in Canada…have you started the conversation? Here’s a link for more information and a 3 ½ minute video produced by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Please forward this video, share on your Facebook page, tweet about it and help to get the word out!

I carry a wallet card which reads,

In the event of my death please notify:

Humphrey Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd.
Toronto, ON

They have written instructions regarding my prepaid funeral arrangements.

…and they DO!

There will be few “heroic” measures taken if my quality of life is at stake. I trust my family members with these decisions.

A few years ago, following my bad-but-could-have-been-worse encounter with a taxi cab I visited a basic funeral establishment, which Humphrey later acquired, and set out the simplest of instructions for the dispensing of my body. I’ll be cremated in the cheapest, most environmentally-friendly container.

As for my ashes, I’m of two minds – they’ll either be buried in my parents’ plot at Scotch Line Cemetery on the outskirts of Perth, Lanark, County, Ontario – in any event my name is already on their stone with my other siblings – and/or scattered in Grant’s Creek (Tay River) at one of my favourite photographic settings at Allan’s Mill (not far from Scotch Line).

Here’s why:

Now, the mill and surrounding buildings are privately-owned so I wouldn’t want to have any problems with the residents (only one, a previous owner, of whom I have ever encountered when there), and Friends of the Tay Watershed might be consulted on the advisability of the sprinkling of my fairy dust in the creek!

Also from BA:

I would love your support for the bereavement and hospice work I am now doing in Scarborough. The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC) is hosting a Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 6th to raise funds and inform our communities about the new Hospice and Caregiver Wellness Program (for which I am the newly hired Volunteers, Outreach and Training Specialist). Here’s how you can help:

1) Go to the link and REGISTER TO BE A WALKER
Even if you don’t have time to get pledges, please register and just come out and support the event to help to raise awareness about our new programs in Scarborough! Bring your kids, family & friends and forward this note to anyone you think might want to know about us.


2) MAKE A DONATION through Canada Helps (secure online charitable donations site) Just make sure to put HFH – Betty Ann Rutledge in the message box!


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