It’s not a topic we like to think or talk about, but whether we plan for it or not, each of us will reach the end of our lives at some point. “I wish we knew” is a phrase that medical professionals hear all too often when loved ones are in the difficult position of making medical care decisions for someone who is unable to speak for himself or herself. Rev. Nancy Waite, Chaplain, Director of the Spiritual Care and Music Therapy Department, provides the following tips on how to start thinking about and planning your end of life wishes and preferences:
Do you have an Advance Directive?
Advance Care Planning is the process of reflecting on, discussing and planning for a time when, due to illness or injury, you cannot make your own medical decisions. This process is vitally important for the purpose of assisting your loved ones and your physician to provide you the best care when you cannot make your own decisions. Through this process you can create a plan. This plan is called an Advance Directive. There are two main types of Advance Directives: the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and the Living Will. Both are legal documents.