Advance Care Planning Stories

From around the world:

Living My Culture

At, people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom about living with serious illness, advance care planning, end of life and grief to support others. Videos are available in various languages.

My Little Story with Mom

A Cantonese short film (16 minutes, with Traditional Chinese and English subtitles). The mom has been diagnosed with cancer and could have only 3 months left. The daughter and her mom have different opinions about whether to take healthcare treatments and how to have a better life. It is a story of understanding and respecting each other in the family.

Sylvia’s Story

From Living Matters, a 4 minute video in English with Chinese subtitles. Sylvia recounts her experience when her mother was introduced to advance care planning (ACP) through an ACP facilitator and how the conversations brought the family closer.

Living Matters Advance Care Planning

From Living Matters, a 4 minute video in English with Chinese subtitles. After witnessing a friend in emergency condition but without an advance care plan, a Chinese family start to make their own advance care plan.


A 4 minute Cantonese video from Society for Life and Death Education. Doctors, patients, caregivers and families share their health care wishes and preferences.

From BC:

A family caregiver and the gift of conversations: Della’s Story

Della is a palliative care nurse with over 25 years’ experience in British Columbia with a wealth of palliative care knowledge and expertise in advance care planning. But she is also navigating through a unique situation – she is a caregiver for both her father and her sister.  Read Della’s story.

Opening the door to conversation: Ann and Gordon’s Story

Long-term partners Ann and Gordon* have recently started their will and estate planning and have started having conversations about health and personal care in the event of sudden decline in health or accident. Read Ann & Gordon’s story.

Life happens when you least expect it – Jas’s story

Jas already had a lot going on – a single mother with two teens on the cusp of adulthood, a busy professional life, community leadership responsibilities and an active extended family – when she was diagnosed with cancer. All of a sudden, Jas had to figure out a way to tell her family the news, and then talk – really talk – about what was ahead.. Read Jas’s story.

Walking the talk and making advance care planning conversations personal: Kathy’s story

Kathy is something much more important than an expert in advance care planning – although she certainly is that – she’s a loving daughter who has seen its value up close with her own parents. Read Kathy’s story.

The gift of clarity amid chaos: Russ and Karen’s story

Russ is 58, strong, fit, healthy, an avid skier and cyclist. Until one Wednesday he’s waiting for a flight home in the Calgary airport and – boom – he collapses. Immediately comatose and unresponsive, he’s rushed to Emergency. And that’s when his wife, Karen, starts getting the unexpected, life-changing calls. Read Russ and Karen’s story.

A note of encouragement: Eileen’s story

Eileen shares the huge sense of relief and peace she feels with her advance care plan in place. Read Eileen’s story.

Making advance care planning a birthday tradition: Mom’s story

Gayle’s mother died at the age of 95. This story begins on her 90th birthday, when, after years of informal conversations, Gayle and her mother wrote out her plan. Gayle says, “Although I miss her and think of her often, I take comfort knowing that the work she and I did in planning for her end days was such a worthwhile effort not only for her but, longterm, for me.” Read Mom’s story.

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