Things you need to know...

What it involves


Advance care planning involves...

• Understanding your possible future health care choices.

• Thinking about your choices in light of what is important

to you and your values.

• Talking about your decisions with loved ones and your doctors.

• Writing down your plans in advance directives so they will be ready if needed.

Sometimes sharing your personal concerns and values, spiritual beliefs, or views about what makes life worth

living can be a wonderful discussion with family and friends. Such conversations are not only beneficial to you, but give loved ones insight into your life, who you “are” as a person, what you value, and make meaningful memories.

Have conversations about...


• What aspects of your life give it the most meaning?

• How do your religious or spiritual beliefs affect your 

 attitudes toward dying and death?

• What is your attitude towards death?

It is important to remember that your advance plan wishes can be changed as your situation or needs change.

It is important that everyone - no matter your age - have an Advance Directive (also known as a Living Will).

Accidents can happen, or an illness can occur and take away ones ability to make decisions. 

Download the Oklahoma Advance Directive to make sure your desires

and needs are followed.

Choice encourages you to use the links to the right.

The tragedy of life is what dies

in the hearts and souls of

people while they live.

Albert Einstein

Helpful Links

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An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions

should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, to make such decisions

on their behalf.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding

access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Choice is an active member of NHPCO.


Caring Connections provides people with information and support when they are planning ahead, caring for a loved one, living with an illness or grieving a loss.

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