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Advance Care Planning

Did you know?

  • 90% of people say talking with their loved ones about end of life care is important.
  • Less than 30% of people have actually done so.

Thinking about being sick and talking about end of life care can be uncomfortable. However, the easiest time to talk about advance care planning is before an illness, when you have time for discussion and reflection with your loved ones. Family members say that having their loved one talk to them about what is important makes their job a lot easier.

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What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is the process of taking the time now to plan for future medical care in case you become too sick to make your own decisions.

An advance directive allows you to put your wishes in writing and share them with your loved ones and caregivers. A living will is a type of advance directive.

The advance care planning process includes:

Crisis or illness situations are always hard. If your loved ones know your preferences ahead of time, you can help make these times a little easier.

By going through the advance care planning process, you can give your loved ones peace of mind knowing they honored and respected your wishes if they ever have to make medical decisions for you.

Advance Care Planning Resources

From Our Health Library:

Contact Us

For more information, or to talk with someone about advance care planning, contact the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute at:


UPMC Day of Conversation 2018

Take an important first step in making future health care decisions by calling in to the UPMC Day of Conversation: Faith, Values, and Advance Care Planning. This Teletown Hall is meant to empower you to start the conversation about Advance Care Planning. You will be connected to faith leaders and medical experts to listen in, ask questions, and get resources to help you in your planning.

What: UPMC Day of Conversation: Faith, Values, and Advance Care Planning

When: Tuesday, April 17th at 12 p.m. 

Where: This event is a phone call only. 

Dial 877-228-2184 on the day of the event to join the conversation.
The pin number to enter is 111835.

Made possible with support from The Beckwith Institute​.

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