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Honoring Your Wishes: Your Voice Matters

Conversations about end-of-life care or critical illness decision-making are difficult.  Most people don’t want to think about tragedy or death. It is important to start these discussions in a safe and nurturing environment.

Advance Directives | Your Voice Matters

An advance directive is a legal document that shares your wishes for care at the end of your life. Paulette Chase-Lampkin shares her brother's life and the importance of establishing an advance directive.

 

A grant from the Maryland Department of Health has enabled the Johns Hopkins Bayview Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, in conjunction with the Healthy Community Partnership (HCP), to develop a new workshop about advance directives. 

An advance directive is a written document that tells your health care providers who should speak for you and what medical decisions they should make if you become unable to speak for yourself. An advance directive is important if you become unconscious or otherwise too sick to make your wishes known.

"Honoring Your Wishes: Your Voice Matters" is a free workshop about advance directives that encourages individuals to ensure that they will have a voice through wellness, chronic illness and end of life.

Participants will learn:

  • What an advance directive is
  • How to write an advance directive
  • How to communicate final wishes

If your congregation or community organization is interested in hosting a free workshop, please contact Andrea Fitz at afitz@jhmi.edu or 410-550-1197.