What would you want your final days to be like? Who needs to know?

It's hard to talk about end-of-life choices. We'd much rather hope that it never happens to us. Having a conversation before the crisis will allow time for honest discussion and can be a gift to those who will likely care for each other at end-of-life. Some important considerations include:

  • How do you feel about choices and care around the end-of-life?
  • What do you want?
  • What concerns might keep you up at night?
  • Who will make your decisions for you if you are unable?

How can you get the conversation started? Movies, books and TV shows often have story lines that introduce topics of illness. There are also times when the death of a friend allows you to consider what your choices might be in a similar situation. The important thing to remember is that it is never too early to have the conversation, although it can become too late. Visit our Encouraging the Conversation page for more tips.

Here is a short video about advance care planning to help get you started:

PBS has provided a helpful list of the documents that will help you prepare for end-of-life, along with tips on how to fill them out.

Other Resources:

Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

New Hampshire Advance Directives

The Advance Care Planning Guide is designed to assist in providing your patients and their families with information about creating an advance directive, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will.

The 2017 Advance Care Planning Guide is available for reference on our website, www.healthynh.com, along with many other resources for both patients and providers.

To order the 2017 Advance Care Planning Guide, scan and send the attached order form to ncremin@healthynh.com. Contact Noreen Cremin at the Foundation for Healthy Communities at (603) 415-4275 with any questions about this or other related documents.

PDF and Powerpoint slides on ROI for Advance Directives.

Useful and practical information about Hospice, Palliative Care and Advance Directives on the NHPCO Caring Connections website - offers brochures and state-specific advance directives to provide you with information and resources for advance care planning.

Five Wishes - An inexpensive, helpful booklet to help you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.

Caring Conversations - This website helps families share meaningful conversation while making practical preparations for end-of-life decisions. It offers a free workbook filled with thought-provoking questions.

End-of-Life Issues

Dying Well - Hospice director Ira Byock's bestselling book provides nformation about dying and how to prepare to say goodbye.

AARP - End of Life Resources - Resources on End of Life, Living Wills, Dying and Death for those who are coping with the loss of a loved one.

Visit the NHHPCO Blog for more on the latest end of life issues.