Advance Care Planning Blog

Educational Information

This is where we share articles with our perspective about Advance Care Planning, and information about subjects pertinent to end-of-life concerns.

Great Questions

One of the keys to well done advance care planning is having meaningful conversations. The thoughtful talks about death and dying can be very uneasy. The Story Corps (storycorps.org) has put together a very useful list of topics to begin story telling about your life,...

Not Everybody’s Hero

A handsome young paramedic heard me speak about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the elderly. At the end, he approached me to say “This topic really hits home. One time I was doing CPR on an elderly woman in her home. Her husband put his hands on my hands...

The Guitar That Made Me Think

Recently I went to a house concert. The artist, Jack Williams, was one of the finest guitarists I have ever heard. He has been performing for 58 years. At 72 he is amazing. The music was just my style. I was intrigued by his lyrics. The versatility of his music and...

Dementia and Advance Directives

When there is a person with dementia in the family, there needs to be special attention to many matters; Advance Directives is an important one. These directives provide guidance about the wishes of an individual who, for any reason, is unable to make their wishes...

Make All The Difference

A teen I know of shared that when her Dad died suddenly no one knew how to talk with her about it. Her friends didn’t know what to say. Her story highlights the fact that we really don’t do well at communicating about this phase of the life cycle no matter how old we...

I have an advance directive, not because I have a serious illness, but because I have a family.

Ira Byock, M.D.

Author, "The Four Things That Matter Most - A Book About Living"