Thinking About What Matters To You

This section presents two patients’ stories. Each story illustrates a common medical condition. Because of their conditions, the patients can’t make decisions about their future care anymore. As a result, each family faces difficult decisions about their loved one’s care.

Each story will give you a lot to think about. You may want to share the stories and your thoughts with your spokesperson, loved ones, and health care providers.

Several worksheets are available to help you identify, think about, and express your personal wishes. You may also want to share the completed worksheets with your spokesperson, loved ones, and health care providers. It can also be helpful to create a personal statement -- a letter or audio or video recording to help your spokesperson understand your wishes.

  • When thinking about what matters to you, consider the story of Mr. Costello who has dementia… + -
  • When thinking about what matters to you, consider the story of Grace Chen who is in a coma + -

Use this worksheet to communicate information about your emergency contacts.

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These worksheets are designed to assist you in thinking through different situations.

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These worksheets are designed to assist you in thinking through different situations.

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These worksheets are designed to assist you in thinking through different situations.

Start Worksheet