Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal and are based on your values and beliefs. Talking with your loved ones, your healthcare providers, and even your friends are all important steps to make your wishes known. These conversations will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want if you are ever facing a healthcare or medical crisis.

While it can be difficult to initiate these conversations, ultimately, they can be an invaluable gift to those you love and those providing medical care.

NHPCO’s CaringInfo offers some resources that will help you with making your wishes known – they may also be helpful documents to share with your loved ones that will help you get these important conversations started.