Make Your Wishes Known
If you’re like most people, you probably have not given much thought to your future healthcare and end-of-life needs. It’s natural – Americans are culturally hardwired to avoid conversations about illness, death, and dying. But this comes at a price. Without an advance directive, families and friends are often thrust into the position of making healthcare choices for their loved ones and living with the burden of second guessing their decisions.
Taking the time to consider your healthcare needs and completing an Advance Directive can bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones. An Advance Directive is a legal document that outlines your personal and medical decisions and names an advocate to speak for you should you be unable to speak for yourself.
Most people wait until the time is right to talk about their end-of-life wishes. Yet it often feels too early to speak about this – until it’s too late. Hospice of Santa Cruz County offers three different workshops to assist you in completing an Advance Directive:
- Understanding Advance Directives – Learn how an Advance Directive can help you make your end-of-life wishes known should you be unable to communicate for yourself.
- Planning Ahead for Peace of Mind – A panel presentation to answer questions about financial, funeral, and advance care planning, and resources to assist you with the Advance Directive form and end-of-life plans.
- Advance Directive Consultation – Schedule a free one-on-one 30 minute consultation with a trained counselor to discuss and/or complete your Advance Directive.
Hospice of Santa Cruz invites you to join a health care planning workshop or presentation about an important topic: Advance Directives. Planning ahead for your healthcare — now, while you are able to — is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love.
Understanding Advance Directives Presentation
Curious about Advance Directives? This event guides you through the essential basics of Advance Directives. Discover how to make your wishes known, how to legally document your healthcare choices, and which forms you’ll need to complete to tick “finish my Advance Directive” off your to-do list. Registration is not required.
Advance Directive Workshop
Schedule a one-on-one appointment and get direct support. During your session, we are happy to guide you through the Advance Directive process, to make it simple and easy. Feel free to bring a loved one. You may also bring contact information for those you want to name in your Advance Directive, as well as any past Advance Directives you’d like to review. Advance registration is required.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Vanessa Silverstein at (831) 430-3047.