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five wishes health careFaith communities of all traditions use Five Wishes because it is the only advance directive that deals with spiritual matters. It assists health care providers in respecting your religious beliefs in case you become seriously ill. It also emphasizes the important role of faith communities during times of serious illness, thus affirming the God-given human dignity of all.

Churches, synagogues and other faith communities are on the front lines when someone is sick and near the end-of-life. Families turn to their priest, rabbi or pastor for guidance, consolation and prayer during times of serious illness. It makes sense that places of worship would raise the issue of advance care planning. Five Wishes is appropriate in faith communities because it includes important spiritual matters along with the medical decisions.

When people completes Five Wishes, the place of worship knows whether or not they would like visitors; if they would like to be prayed for; if they would like scripture or sacred text read aloud to them; if they wish to seek or grant forgiveness; if they wish to express their love to family members; and if they would like a memorial service.

The inclusion of these topics makes Five Wishes entirely appropriate and relevant for places of worship. In fact, we know that some pastors and rabbis have asked their congregation to complete Five Wishes and return it to them so they will have access to the document when visiting a congregant in the hospital.

Five Wishes owes much of its success to the many places of worship that were among the first to embrace Five Wishes in their congregations.

Of the 35,000 organizations nationwide that distribute Five Wishes, the largest single type of distributor is places of worship.

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Custom Five Wishes

Ideal for your organizations’ community outreach and marketing goals

When you distribute Five Wishes, in addition to providing an important service and helpful information, you have the opportunity to promote your company or organization. Orders of a thousand or more Five Wishes may be customized at no cost using half or all of the back page.

Ideal for your organizations’ community outreach and marketing goals

When you distribute Five Wishes, in addition to providing an important service and helpful information, you have the opportunity to promote your company or organization. Orders of a thousand or more Five Wishes may be customized at no cost using half or all of the back page.

  • A Five Wishes tie-in helps organizations better communicate the “heart and soul” aspects of the product or service they offer.

  • Your organization’s message will be seen multiple times – when the user initially receives the document; when he’s discussing it with family members and health care providers; when it’s shared with others; when it’s updated; and when it’s being used during a time of serious illness.

  • Other promotional items you may be using have short life spans – they’re used and then soon discarded. When Five Wishes is completed, it’s kept for many years and copies are shared with others.

  • Because Five Wishes carries such a positive message about dignity, comfort and personal relationships, a positive association with your organization is formed in the mind of the user.


Contact in Aging with Dignity’s Outreach Department for more information on custom Five Wishes.


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