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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).

Directive for Patients in Religious Facilities

Religious facilities may not be supportive of your end-of-life decisions. Make sure that your decisions are respected. If you have a Compassion & Choices of Washington Advance Directive, you do not need to fill this out because this information is incorporated in our Advance Directive.

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 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 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.


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.


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