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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

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Contact Us

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


Download the PDF about advance medical planning (link opens a new window). 

For more information about advance directives, download Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive (PDF).​

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