Download the “Your Life, Your Choices: Planning for Future Medical Decisions” Workbook

by Derrick on August 23, 2009

Have questions about end-of-life care?

Curious how to prepare a personalized living will?

Doctor Robert Pearlman, and others, wrote the Your Life, Your Choices under a Veterans Administration authorized grant, which was revised in 1997. The 52-page workbook is informative and easy to read, covering the issues important to end-of-life care decision making. Topics include:

  • Why do you need to think about future health care decisions?
  • If you couldn’t speak for yourself, what would you want done for you?
  • What situations and decisions do people commonly face?
  • Your beliefs and values
  • Choices about death and dying
  • Talking about your wishes
  • Legal and ethical issues of advance care planning

Download the Your Life, Your Choices Workbook

This document should only be used as a starting point, however. The decision making and living will development should be done in cooperation with those close to you, your family, doctor, clergy, lawyer, and others you see fit. Many states also offer state specific living will documents for individuals to use. Visit the Resources by State page to find your state’s Attorney General’s Office, who should be able either provide you with a basic living will that you can complete with your preferences, or they can point you to someone that can.

Anonymous August 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

MaryAnn, I am sorry for you loss. Keep your head up.

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MaryAnn March 3, 2010 at 11:51 am

Hello Elder Guru, Your site looks to have much of value and practical use. Discovered it by following the link included in your comment to “A Mother’s Decision to Die” in today’s NYT. My father transitioned, died this past friday and I wish I had known about this site during his illness. Thankfully, partly due to his aversion to hospitals etc. and his strength of will to avoid same, he only spent 8 1/2 days in hospital. Much of that time could be described as the antithesis of comfort care. Do hospitals even have that concept in their model of care? Thankfully, there was dignity at the end and the staff on duty that last morning and afternoon were compassionate and kind. Finally, there was peace in the air that had seemed so hurried and hectic the preceding days, due no doubt to short staffing and some degree of burnout in some nurses. One of my observations is that medical care has seemed to have devolved to a “hands off” practice, no comforting touches from staff to patient. Sad.

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