Thinking about death can be hard, and talking with loved
ones about your wishes for end-of-life care can be equally difficult. Still,
these conversations are essential for ensuring that your wants are met if you
are ever in a medical facility and unable to communicate.
Each year, National Healthcare
Decisions Day provides an opportunity to better understand the value of
advance health care planning – along with the tools and resources to make
those plans happen. This year’s NHDD will be recognized over a full week,
starting April 16 and wrapping up April 22. During this time, individuals are
encouraged to think about preferred end-of-life care desires, commit to them in
writing, and share them with family and friends.
To help in this process, The Missouri Bar will continue to
make available as a public service a “Durable
Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive” for use by the
general public. This form puts your decisions in writing and allows you to designate
an agent to carry them out. The form is free online here and
may be downloaded and/or copied as needed.
Now is the time to put your end-of-life care wishes in
place. Begin the conversation with your loved ones today to ensure
that your choices are expressed and respected when it matters most.
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Paid for by The Missouri Bar Sebrina Barrett, Executive Director PO Box 119 Jefferson City, MO 65102