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Advance Care Planning—some things to consider,

no matter what your age!

Making healthcare decisions for yourself or someone who is no longer able to do so can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to get a clear idea about preferences and arrangements while you can make decisions and participate in legal and financial planning together.


Use this checklist to ensure healthcare and financial arrangements are in place BEFORE serious illness or a healthcare crisis!


  • Start discussions early with your loved ones while everyone can still help make decisions.

  • Create documents that communicate healthcare, financial management and end of life wishes for yourself and the people you care for, with legal advice as needed.

  • Review plans regularly and update documents as circumstances change.

  • Put important papers in one place. Make sure a trusted family member or friend knows the location and any instructions.

  • Make copies of healthcare directives to be placed in all medical files, including information on every doctor seen.

  • Give permission in advance for a doctor or lawyer to talk directly with a caregiver as needed.

  • Reduce anxiety about funeral and burial arrangements by planning ahead.

(information compiled from NIH)

The Empty Vessel

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether.
O Lord, help me.

Strengthen my faith and trust in you.
In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have.

I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; you are upright.
With me, there is an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore I will remain with you, of whom I can receive, but to whom I may not give. Amen

(A prayer of Martin Luther)                                                        

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