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Advance Health Care Directives

Ninety percent of people think it’s important to talk to family and friends about end-of-life care, but less than 30 percent actually have those conversations.

While it may not be easy to talk about your end-of-life wishes, it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones.

Have the Conversation

Long Beach has the ConversationThrough our Long Beach Has the Conversation initiative, the Palliative Care Program at Long Beach Medical Center encourages you to “Have the Conversation” to discuss and determine your end-of-life care. By having the conversation, you take the burden of decision-making off your family and can ensure your end-of-life wishes are respected.

Our care team is equipped with a variety of resources to improve the quality of life for individuals at any stage of a serious illness. The Palliative Care team can help discuss end-of-life wishes and ensure that they are recorded through Five Wishes®, a legal document that “helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.”

Starter Kits

A variety of end-of-life resources are available through The Conversation Project. You can access starter kits, available in a variety of languages, to help you initiate the conversation, including:

  • Conversation Starter Kit
  • How to Choose a Health Care Proxy & How to Be a Health Care Proxy
  • Conversation Starter Kit for Families and Loved Ones of People with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Forms of Dementia
  • How to Talk to Your Doctor

For more resources, visit The Conversation Project’s Resource Center.

Five Wishes®

After having the conversation with your loved ones, complete the next step by filling out Five Wishes® – a legal document that can protect your end-of-life wishes. Order a printed document or fill out your Five Wishes® online.

Write a Letter

Complete your Advance Directive by filling out a letter with the Letter Project at Stanford Medicine. The Letter Project helps people write about what matters most to them at the end of life. By completing an online form, you can ensure that your doctor knows your wishes for end-of-life care.

Get Involved

Donate Life California saves lives by creating opportunities for all Californians to sign up on the official state organ, eye and tissue donor registry.

Talk to Aging Parents

Talk Early Talk Often provides a set of resources on how to start the conversation with aging parents, family members or loved ones.


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