Health & Spirit

Let's talk turkey: the main course of advance care planning

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-- Fill out an advance directive to make your wishes known.

Where do I find a Power of Attorney for Health Care form?The form is free, and you don't need an attorney to fill it out. It's readily available at:

-- Honoring Choices Wisconsin

-- Honoring Choices Minnesota

-- Mayo Clinic Health System

-- Your local library

How do I fill out the form?

If you don't know where to get started, don't worry. There are plenty of resources to help you. If you find the language intimidating, don't be afraid to ask for help from:


-- Your provider

-- Your local hospital -- Spiritual care, palliative care, social services and hospice workers all can help you.

-- Your county's Aging and Disability Resource Center

It's uncomfortable, but tell your family, "I know this is hard to discuss." Emphasize why it's important by saying, "I want to make it easier on you during a medical crisis." What better time to have the conversation than during the holidays, when family members are gathered together? Talking about what's important at the end of life is one of the most meaningful gifts we can give each other.

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