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Advance care planning involves an open discussion with your family and healthcare providers about your wishes should your health ever decline and you are unable to make your own decisions. It identifies what’s important to you, communicating those wishes to your loved ones and, often, completing advance directives. 

Why do I need to plan my end-of-life wishes?

Considering your end-of-life wishes can feel overwhelming. We often hear, "I've always been healthy," or "My family knows my wishes." Even if it is hard to talk about, it is best to have the conversation and make these decisions early.

At any age, a healthcare crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for healthcare in the future is an important step toward making sure that you get the medical care that you would want.

The Memorial Health team is dedicated to making sure your wishes are established, known by your family and providers, and followed through if a crisis occurs.

When would these plans be needed?

Situation examples: If you were in a car accident or became suddenly ill and unable to speak:

  • Do those close to you know your religious and spiritual beliefs?
  • Would your family and doctors know how you want decisions made about your care?
  • How will the people care for you know how to treat you?

What do I do next?

Click the "In This Section" button at the top of the page to learn more about end-of-life planning.