What if you were in an accident or became suddenly ill? Who would speak for you?
End of Life Choices
- Normalizing conversations about end of life health care.
- Increasing the number of people who have advance directives.
Talk about it.
End of Life Choices is an advance care planning process that helps us, over the course of our lives, to understand, reflect upon and discuss goals, values, and beliefs for end of life health care.
- These conversations usually result in written plans called Advance Directives.
- It is important to make your wishes known to your loved ones and doctors.
Make your choices known.
- Choose a health care agent—the person you want to make health care decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself.
- Choose the end of life medical care that you want or the care you don’t want.
- Choose to act now, while you are healthy. Unexpected events, such as sudden illness or serious accident can happen, so make choices when you can speak for yourself
It’s the caring thing to do.
- Letting family and loved ones know your wishes reduces their burden.
- If you do not choose, others will need to decide for you.
- Become part of our community of caring.
Who can help me?
- Learn more at a Community Workshop or invite us to speak to a group you belong to.
- Trained Advance Care Planning Facilitators are available to meet and talk with you individually.
What will they do?
Facilitators will help you
- explore options for advance care planning, reflect upon goals and values, and connect those goals to end of life care decisions;
- decide who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself (your Health Care Agent);
- complete advance directives—the written plans.
Would you like to have an Advance Care Planning discussion? A trained facilitator would be happy to meet with you. This is a free service. Please call (360) 788-6526 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Do you belong to a club, organization, church or other association? Facilitators are available to do group presentations. Monthly community education is available at multiple locations in Whatcom County. Presentations are free and open to the public.
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Share Your Story
Everyone has a story. About losing someone close. About what it was like to have the conversation. About not talking about wishes until it was too late. Share yours with WAHA, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAHA End of Life Choices is supported by the RiverStyx Foundation and the Whatcom Community Foundation.