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
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.