How-to Write Your End of Life Plan: 3 Basic Steps Page 6

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    Our document helps you organize and plan your final arrangements Most healthcare providers and hospitals offer AHD forms onsite. End of life documents vary by state and are available free online. Expect to pay additional costs if you consult an attorney to help you prepare these documents.

Take a few minutes to answer these questions.

  1. How can you start a conversation about end of life with loved ones?
  2. Where can you learn about end of life topics like final care and funeral services?
  3. Where can you find end of life legal forms?
Step 1: Complete an Advance Healthcare Directive (AHD)

It’s important to decide the type of care you want when facing end of life. Making your wishes clear in your AHD removes the decision-making burden from loved ones and helps ensure that your wishes are honored. Here are the actions typically involved:

  • Find the correct AHD form for your state
    Be sure you understand its provisions and limitations.
  • Identify the care you want if you become unable to make decisions
    Consider including provisions for life-saving measures, hospice or palliative care.
  • Appoint a Healthcare Proxy (HP) to make medical decisions if you can’t
    Some AHDs allow you to name an HP. Be sure the person you name understands your wishes and is able to accept this responsibility.
  • Fill out the form, sign and date it
    Most states require that your AHD be signed by one or more witnesses and /or a notary public.
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