Making your wishes known

Most of us would like to make our own decisions about what kind of health care we receive at the end of our lives. Creating advance directives helps your family and your healthcare providers know what kind of medical care you want if you are not able to communicate.

Taking the time to state our wishes before we are in a crisis is a powerful gift to our families. Trusting them enough to have meaningful conversations can help them feel better equipped to handle issues that may arise if we aren’t able to tell them how we feel or what we need.

The legal terms for some of the ways to state your healthcare wishes include advance care directives, end-of-life planning, naming a healthcare power of attorney and creating a living will.

Because Goshen Health provides health care in Indiana, patients and their families will need to look at the Indiana State Department of Health’s Advance Directives Resource Center: There you will find – in English and Spanish:

  • A brochure explaining the relevant terms
  • Official forms to
    • appoint a healthcare representative
    • create a living will
    • authorize a “Do Not Resuscitate” order
    • request life-prolonging procedures
    • complete a physician order for the scope of treatment (POST)

Additional resources

These websites may help you begin the conversation with your family:

We want to help

If you have questions about creating any of these documents, please contact us.