Advance Care Planning Documents & Resources

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.

This document is the core of your advance care plan. In it you spell out your wishes for health care and appoint a healthcare agent to make decisions for your care in the event that you are unable to do so. This document can be filled out online (using Internet Explorer or Chrome) but you will still need to print it out and complete any sections requiring initials or signatures by hand. You may also print out and complete the entire document by hand if you prefer.

This map outlines the path to completing your advance directive.

View the Map
Contains essential information about the Advance Care Planning process as well as important reflection and prioritizing questions to assist you.

View the Reflections Book
Download and print this handy wallet card to have with you at all times. In the event your advance directive needs to be accessed and you are unable to speak for yourself, this card will inform medical personnel about where it is located and who your healthcare agent is.

View the Wallet Card
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
This document provides valuable information and statistics on survival rates of CPR (Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation).

View the CPR Decision Aid
Below are a two mental health directives which are used in the State of Washington. These documents may be used to assist your family and medical team in knowing your wishes related to specific mental health conditions. These documents are meant to supplement, not replace, healthcare (advance) directives.

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.

Bellingham Death Café

Bellingham Threshold Singers

PeaceHealth Palliative Care Program

Whatcom Hospice Foundation

Department of Health – Death with Dignity Act

End of Life Washington – Death with Dignity Act

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

The Conversation Project

POLST – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

Washington State Hospital Association End of Life Manual

National Healthcare Decisions Day

LifeCenter Northwest – Organ Donation Information

University of Washington Willed Body Program – Whole Body Donation

Washington State University Willed Body Program – Whole Body Donation

Respecting Choices

American Bar Association – Health Decisions Resources

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
DeathWise is a nonprofit organization passionately committed to helping people talk about, make decisions and plan for the end of their lives.

Engage with Grace

Whatcom Cares: Provide access to services and resources for those facing serious illness or end of life in Whatcom County

Life Before Death – The Lien Foundation

U.S. Catholic – Spelling Out Your Views for End-of-Life Care is a ‘Spiritual’ Act

Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject

PBS: Life Panel? Death Panel?

Passing On:  A Documentary

PBS Frontline: Being Mortal

Atul Gawande on Aging, Dying and Being Mortal

Advance Care Planning: Patients Describe their Experienes

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.

CBS News: Being Prepared for the Final Days

Showtime: Time of Death

PBS Frontline: Facing Death

Let’s Talk about Death with Ellen Goodman

Fox17: Have You Had The Talk?

Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death

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.

Amazing Circles Workshops: I’m Dying to Talk with You by Dave Kampfschulte

TEDx: Pallitave Care, a Different Voice in Healthcare by Timothy Ihrig

Maplewood Firefighters Placed onLeave While Dying Woman’s Resuscitation is Investigated

NPR’s Talk of the Town: Nearly Everyone has Advance Directives (and Peace of Mind) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

NPR: Health Care For Seniors Often Goes Beyond Their Desires

Bellingham Public Library

New York Times: Zen and the Art of Dying Well

New York Times: Helping Patients and Doctors Talk About Death

Time: Five Tips for Families Facing End-of-Life Care

Ken Murray MD: How Doctors Die

Ken Murray: Doctors Really Do Die Differently

Living Well with Breast Cancer by Choosing Wisely: A Conversation with Amy Berman

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies: Dying in America

Ira Byock, MD.

  • 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

Colleen Tallen, MD.

  • 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