Don’t want to talk about dying? Think this whole “conversation”
thing is rather morbid? Don’t worry! You’re not alone. No
doubt it’s a difficult talk to have, but it is vitally important.
Many people find that beginning is the hardest part. But once you’ve
had the conversation, the next steps—putting it on paper and continuing
to talk—are actually pretty easy. And really important.
www.theconversationproject.com for information about medical interventions and filling out Advance Care
Planning documents. It’s a list of resources with a variety of perspectives.
Browse through and select what’s most useful to you. Keep having
the conversation with your loved ones, and your health care team, too.
You might want to talk to more family members so that everyone’s
on the same page. And it’s important to keep talking as things change
You can use these legal and medical documents to write down your wishes
so they can be honored when the time comes.
Advance Care Planning: A narrative that explains in your own words what’s important to
include or not include in your end of life care based on the verbal conversation
you have already had with your loved ones.
Advance Directive: A document that describes your preferences for care in case you are unable
to make health care decisions on your own. It is also known as a living will.
Health Care Proxy: A document that identifies the person you trust to act on your behalf if
you are unable to make health care decisions or communicate your wishes.
(Also known as your health care agent, proxy, or Durable Power of Attorney
for Health Care. This is probably the most important document. Make sure
you have many conversations with your proxy.
When it comes to end-of-life care, one conversation can make all the difference.
For more ideas about how to get started, or to download a starter kit, visit