Discussing a living will with your loved one is probably one of the more difficult (but most important) conversations of your life. Who should be in charge of medical decisions once communication is no longer possible? How important is comfort care to your loved one? What types of medical procedures do they want or not want.? How do they want to be treated? Getting the answers to these questions reduces the guess work, stress, and family conflict during an already emotional and stressful time.

An excellent tool for creating an advanced directive or living will is call “Five Wishes.” It is a form that can be filled out that covers all the important questions regarding the medical, emotional, and spiritual decisions for your loved one to answer. For more information, go to www.agingwithdignity.orgagingwdignity-logo