It’s never too early – Although the conversation may be difficult, many people have said they felt empowered after expressing their final wishes.
Under the law, every competent adult has the right to formulate Advance Directives, legal documents that spell out their decisions about end-of-life care. Advance directives are made “in advance” of when needed and are carried out when a person has a terminal illness and becomes incapacitated and no longer able to make his or her wishes clear. Advance directives can be extremely helpful to family members and the health care team by guiding them in making difficult decisions. Honoring life and death wishes is the foundation for allowing a person to live and die with grace and dignity.