We often take for granted that when difficult medical decisions will have to be made, we will be able to make those decisions ourselves. Each year many of us face making medical decisions for our loved ones. Often we hear from family, “I wish we would have talked about this, so I would have known what [Mom] wanted.” As for ourselves, we may wish to avoid uncomfortable discussions in an attempt to protect and care for those we love. Talking with someone about our healthcare wishes is, in fact, a loving thing to do.
Columbia St. Mary’s offers this guide designed to assist you in beginning to discuss your choices. We are ready to help you begin this journey, but you must take the first step. Take some time to review this online booklet and start conversations with those around you.
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