It’s never too early – Even though it may be a difficult conversation, many people have said they felt empowered after expressing their final wishes.
Advance Directives are legal documents that put end-of-life care requests in writing. Under the law, every competent adult has the right to formulate Advance Directives. Just as the name implies, requests and wishes are made in advance, and are carried out when a person has a terminal illness, and/or becomes incapacitated and is no longer able to make requests. Advance Directives are extremely helpful for family members and health care teams. Families and caregivers can have peace knowing they are honoring a loved one’s final wishes.
There are two main types of Advance Directives: