Margaret Brown, Social Scientist and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute at University of South Australia explains what's involved in advance care planning and why it is important to do this - "Thinking ahead about how we would like to be cared for if we can no longer make our own decisions is called advance care planning. It’s a simple idea, but one most of us find difficult to do."
While the particulars are Australia specific, it is interesting to read how these important documents only got their start after the first advance care directive legislation, the Natural Death Act was passed in California in 1976. There's sure to be something similar where you live. Perhaps members who have gone through this process can update us on what's involved so that our world wide membership can find relevant information for them.
Here's a related blog by Dr Sharman:
I couldn't resist including a Round Tuit to help us through this difficult and easy to put off task. I promise that my future posts will again include photos I've taken.