Advance Care Plan Example by TH

As a minister and hospital chaplain, TH has watched families struggle to make life and death decisions on behalf of a loved one in emotionally-charged situations and with little time to consider their choices. He has also been in the situation himself as, with his siblings, there were decisions to make during the last days in his own parents’ lives. He knows it is never easy but he also knows that it is so helpful to have had conversations with those close to us along the way so that the decisions we may need to make on their behalf will reflect their own beliefs, values, and wishes. That experience has prompted him to have that conversation with those closest to him and to spend some time writing it all down.

He says about this experience, “Not only am I making it easier on my loved ones to make choices for me, but also I found the experience personally meaningful as it brought to heart and mind and paper things that were stirring within me but which would have remained unclear if I hadn’t taken the time to give them voice.”

Video ~ Advance care planning with my wife

 

Video ~ Advance care planning: What is has been like to prepare my own advance care plan.

Accent photo courtesy of Christina Nienaber-Roberts

 

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