Planning the future for your loved ones

Advance Care

Organ Donation

One end-of-life decision you might want to consider is if you wish to donate your organs after you die. If you do, make it part of the process when planning your advance directives and choosing your healthcare proxy. In fact, many people actually include this wish in their living will or allow their Healthcare Power […]

Funeral and Memorial Planning

Wake, Funeral, Burial, and Memorial Planning Although it might not be thought of as an advance directive, you may also have wishes regarding what happens after you die. You can use something formal like a “Letter of Instruction” or “Final Instructions” document and include it in your Advance Directives/Living Will, or just a simple letter […]

Advance Directives

Once you have had the “Conversation” you should immediately proceed with creating a plan and documenting it in the form of an advance directive (AD). An AD is a legal document meant to guide family and healthcare professionals to provide the care you would or would not like in urgent medical situations when you are […]

Healthcare Proxy

Your Healthcare Proxy, also known as Healthcare Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, or Medical Power of Attorney, is a person you designate to make medical care decisions on your behalf. They are different from, but may also be your Financial Power of Attorney. Laws about healthcare proxies are contained in the […]

Respecting Your Wishes

While the choices you make should reflect your wishes, remember that you are not the only person they will affect. It is important that any person approaching the end of their life make their wishes known to avoid unwanted, unnecessary, uncomfortable, and expensive medical care, including unwarranted resuscitation. However, you must consider and discuss how […]

Talking About Death and Dying

Few people actually discuss death and dying with their families, even if you or someone in your family is approaching the end of their life. Although 95% of folks say that they’re willing or want to talk about end-of-life issues and 70% respond saying it is a good idea, only about 30% report following through. […]