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Planning for the Future

Advance care planning for healthcare decision making does not happen overnight. It takes thought, emotional readiness and time to sort out the options for this serious undertaking.

Sharing your choices through conversation is an important first step. In the long run, the conversations will be the greatest gift to those you love, giving them the confidence to act on your behalf and the comfort of knowing that your wishes will be honored.

Below are free resources to help you and your family plan for future healthcare needs.

Our booklet, Courage in Conversation: A Personal Guide, will help you through the process with four basic steps.

  1. Prepare for the conversation.
  2. Appoint an advocate whom you trust to speak on your behalf.
  3. Fill out the forms for the state in which you live.
  4. Share them with your doctor and your loved ones.

How to Select a Healthcare Proxy from the American Bar Association can help you select a Health Care Power of Attorney (POA-HC)

Want to fill out your forms on the computer and then print and sign them? Download these interactive advance directive forms

Additional Resources

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To request a speaker who can present an overview of advance care planning for healthcare decision making to your group or workplace, email or by calling 216-502-4440.


Courage in Conversation

This all-inclusive booklet includes decision making resources, information and Ohio’s living will, healthcare power of attorney and tissue donation forms. To request a printed copy, email