Planning, conversations and decisions regarding end of life issues are, understandably, uncomfortable for many people to undertake. But the consequences of not addressing these issues--instead leaving them to others to deal with when we are incapacitated by illness, or after we are gone--place an undue burden on spouses, partners, and children. We can spare our loved ones that burden by discussing and documenting, while we are still vibrant and healthy, our wishes regarding medical treatment, burial preferences, financial matters, and other concerns.
California maintains an Advance Directive Registry. By filing your advance directive with the registry, your health care provider and loved ones may be able to find a copy of your directive in the event you are unable to provide one. You can read more about the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive here.
Temple Emanuel is developing programs to help congregants tackle these sensitive issues. In addition, some tools already exist to help you get started.
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