WAHA End of Life Choices (EOLC) recommends that you make an appointment with one of our certified advance care planning Facilitators. Your WAHA Facilitator will use the documents below as part of your Advance Care Planning process. The Facilitator is skilled at helping you clarify your personal values, beliefs and preferences for end-of-life care. The meeting moves at your own pace, and there is no pressure to influence your treatment preferences. There is no cost for this service though Donations are always welcome.
To set up an appointment, or for more information, please visit our Contact Page to get in touch with a team member who can assist you further.
WAHA recommends using the following forms:
1) Washington State Medical Association -Submit to your local hospital and primary care doctor. Medical providers recommend using this form due to it’s length and easy lookup in your electronic medical record.
2) Honoring Choices PNW -to guide you about your wishes on medical treatment you do or not want.
If you are starting to fill out your Advance Directive on your own, we recommend the following resources:
-WAHA’s Reflections Booklet. Read entire booklet and place special attention to pages 11-13. If you need help with Advance Care Planning terms see Glossary on pages 19-20.
-Other resources below to help with your understanding of the Advance Care Planning process.
This document contains important information to share with those you choose to be your Power of Attorney for Healthcare.View the Information for Health Care Agents
Additional Resources for Filling out your Advance Directive:
Prepare for Your Care
The PREPARE website is designed to help people and their loved ones prepare for medical decision making, to be sure they get the care that is right for them. It is easy to use and understand, even for those not especially comfortable using computers.
Normalizing Conversations About Death/Dying:
Bellingham Death Café At a Death Cafe people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
Death Over Dinner
Let’s have dinner and talk about death. How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having.
DeathWise is a nonprofit organization passionately committed to helping people talk about, make decisions and plan for the end of their lives.
Information about Death with Dignity Act
Comfort Care Resources:
Bellingham Threshold Singers
Life Before Death – The Lien Foundation
Faith’s Role in Advance Care Planning:
U.S. Catholic – Spelling Out Your Views for End-of-Life Care is a ‘Spiritual’ Act
PBS Frontline: The Undertaking
“A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” -Thomas Lynch
New York Times: Pitfalls for Proxies
The importance of having an advance directive. Even more important, having a well informed patient advocate. No more hospitals, no more chemo.” He faced the end on his own terms.
Aging in Iowa: Being prepared for the inevitable
When Syndy was trained to be a facilitator for the Honoring Your Wishes program, which encourages people to think about and record their wishes for their deaths, she and her husband realized they needed to have their own discussions about that difficult topic.
Honoring Choices Minnesota: Faith, Culture & Identity Perspectives.
An excellent collection of videos about “the conversation.” Honoring Choices Minnesota has nearly 700 videos addressing end-of-life decisions from practically every perspective.
NBC Nightly News: How to Start Conversations About End-of-Life Issues
NBC medical reporter Nancy Snyderman, MD, recently shared her experiences as a caregiver for her aging parents: “It would be easy to assume that, as a doctor, I could navigate the health care system with ease. But I was as overwhelmed as the next person,” she recalled. On NBC Nightly News, Dr. Snyderman discussed with her parents the importance of living wills and putting their desires into writing.
- Dying Well: The Prospect of Growth at the End-of-Life
- The Four Things that Matter Most
- The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life
- Decide While You Can: How to Make Your Own Medical Decisions Before Someone Makes Them for You
- Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying