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Documents, articles, and tips that you can use now to help inform, educate, and take action.

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Advance Planning

About Advance Directives

Provides information about the living will (health care directive), durable power of attorney for health care, and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

Health Care Decisions IQ Test

How well does your family, physician, or health care agent know your health care wishes? This short test can give you some sense of how well you have communicated your wishes.

Values Worksheet

Questions you may want to consider as you make decisions and prepare documents concerning your health care preferences.

Talking to your Doctor About Dying

All of us would like to die peacefully, but we can’t do it alone. Ensuring that your physician understands and will honor your wishes is a key part of the process.

Talking to Your Family About Dying

If you want to ensure that your own death is peaceful, you must talk to your family and other loved ones. This document explains how to have these conversations as well as help prepare them for your death.

The Importance of Hospice

Compassion & Choices of Washington believes that hospice is an essential element of excellent end-of-life care. We encourage all individuals who have received a terminal diagnosis to utilize hospice as soon as they are eligible.


Death With Dignity Act

Language Matters

This document explains why the term, “physician-assisted suicide” is inaccurate when talking about the Death With Dignity Act. The correct term to use is “aid in dying”.

Letter to My Physician

This letter can be used to help facilitate a conversation with your physician about aid in dying and end-of-life choices.

Attending (prescribing) Physician’s Guide to the Death With Dignity Act

This guide briefly explains the steps any physician needs to take to become a patient’s Attending (prescribing) Physician for the purposes of Washington’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA), and to ensure compliance with the law.

*The downloadable version of this Guide does not include the protocol for prescribing medication.

Written Request for Medication to End My Life in a Humane and Dignified Manner form

Complete this form after you have seen both the Attending (prescribing) and Consulting Physicians. This form must be signed by two qualified witnesses. One witness can be a family member; one can be an employee of your doctor; or both witnesses can be bystanders. When the form is completed, give it to your Attending (prescribing) Physician.


End of Life Options

The Importance of Hospice

Compassion & Choices of Washington believes that hospice is an essential element of excellent end-of-life care. We encourage all individuals who have received a terminal diagnosis to utilize hospice as soon as they are eligible.


After Death and Funeral Documents

Dear Family Letter

The Dear Family Letter is designed to tell your next of kin what advance directives, estate plans, funeral plans, bank and retirement accounts etc. you may have. (People’s Memorial Association, 2010)

Putting My House In Order

The Putting My House in Order Form contains all the death certificate information the funeral director will need. (People’s Memorial Association, 2010)

Disposition Authorization

A Disposition Authorization allows you to authorize your choice of cremation or burial as well as where you choose as your final resting place. (People’s Memorial Association, 2010)

Designated Agent for Funeral Arrangements

If you have used Compassion & Choices of Washington’s Advance Directive and completed section 10e, then do not complete this form; you have already named your funeral agent(s). (People’s Memorial Association, 2011)


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