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It’s always good to hear from people across the nation who tell us how much they like Five Wishes and how useful they found Five Wishes support resources.

Share your story: Tell us how Five Wishes helped you or your family.


“It will be a year since my mother passed on. We knew what she wanted because she had the Five Wishes living will. When it came down to the end, my brother and I had no questions on what we needed to do. We had peace of mind.” – Cheryl K., Longwood, FL

Peggy Arnold

Five Wishes is comprehensive
Five Wishes is comprehensive
The best part of Five Wishes
The best part of Five Wishes
A personal story about Wish 3
A personal story about Wish 3
 

“I must say I love your Five Wishes. It’s clear, easy to understand, and doesn’t dwell on the concrete issues of medical care, but on issues of real importance – human care. I used it for myself and my husband.” – Susan W., Flagstaff, AZ

 

“The Five Wishes booklet was given to our daughter by the Palliative Care team at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. It was a tremendous help to confirm what her wishes were in terms of care and comfort measures as she went onto Hospice Care. It was invaluable for us as a family to discuss some sensitive areas as well as joyful for the opportunity to share with each other how she would want to be remembered. Thank you for providing such an easy to use tool to help individuals and families that are facing end of life issues.” – Jane J., Santa Ynez, CA

Len Wheeler, physician

Why I like Five Wishes
Why I like Five Wishes

  

“Many people have benefitted from your Five Wishes document and I continue to address with many of my patients and their families along with my mortality and grief seminars... Many people have told me how much they appreciate this and have lots of good comments about the document.” – Karen Martin, Eureka, IL

Larry Baker, hospital chaplain

My first contact with Five Wishes
My first contact with Five Wishes
Case study: How Five Wishes helped
Case study: How Five Wishes helped
The gift of Five Wishes
The gift of Five Wishes
 

“I am in pastoral and spiritual care in a downtown Level I trauma center; the sole of our work is a work of the soul. Five Wishes helps to move a person (a patient in the hospital) to a new threshold, to a new dimension, in life's journey. It is a great peacemaker for many people; it is a great benefit.” – Bob Eaton, author of “Mission Moments: Words to Live By”

Jennifer Ballentine

Five Wishes helps start family conversations
Five Wishes helps start family conversations
   

“I don’t want my children to have to make the decisions I am having to make for my mother. I never knew that there were so many medical options to be considered. Thank you for such a sensitive and caring form. I can simply fill it out and have it on file for my chidren.” – Diana W., Hanover, IL

 

“Thanks to VITAS [Hospice] we were able to let my mother's Five Wishes come true. There was never a disagreement between myself and my sisters, we knew what my mother's wishes were. No questions were needed. VITAS had an ambulance bring her home that Friday, sent two round-the-clock angels (LPNs) to care for her and be with us. My mother passed away on her terms...” – Laura M., Boca Raton, FL

Chris Fantasky, funeral care provider

Five Wishes gives you a plan
Five Wishes gives you a plan
Honoring your parents’ wishes
Honoring your parents’ wishes
  

“I just ordered 25 Five Wishes and one Next Steps guide. I checked the box that said I was giving them to my employees, but actually I am giving them to my classmates at Fresno State (California State University at Fresno). I first became aware of this fantastic document in a gerontology class a couple semesters ago.” – Cindy Jensen, Fresno, CA

Connie Paeglow, widow of Five Wishes user

Five Wishes helps the post-death grieving process
Five Wishes helps the post-death grieving process
My Five Wishes story
My Five Wishes story
  

Five Wishes has really opened my eyes! I shared with my family and Five Wishes has brought us even closer. Thanks.” – Krystal Wooten, student, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Yuki Asakura

Bilingual Five Wishes is easy to use
Bilingual Five Wishes is easy to use
   

“There are things worse than death, in my opinion, and existing in an ICU is one of them. I urge everyone to get a copy of Five Wishes from Aging with Dignity and fill it out. Make sure your family and your physician know your wishes.” – Sheila Seckinger, RN, Homosassa, FL as published in the St. Petersburg Times, January 12, 2009

Jennifer Munns Burnham, Boomer Optioneers.

Advice to those who don’t have Five Wishes
Advice to those who don’t have Five Wishes
The value of Five Wishes
The value of Five Wishes
Why to use Five Wishes
Why to use Five Wishes
Parents prefer Five Wishes
Parents prefer Five Wishes

“We have dropped off the Five Wishes at physician offices in town with our Rolodex card to call us if they would like more, the response has been overwhelming and we continually have physicians now calling our office and asking for Five Wishes.” – Tom Moreland, CEO, Iowa Hospice

 

“The new [Five Wishes] video is very well done. It addresses the reasons people need to complete the Five Wishes document, and is very thorough in discussing how to fill each wish. The frequently asked questions is a nice touch and the quality of the video and how each segment is presented is first-rate.” – Rudy Noll, Tampa, FL


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