Why Do Individuals and Families Choose Five Wishes for Their Advance Directive?

There are several reasons more than 25 million people have used Five Wishes to put their wishes on paper. Choosing a document to express your desires at end of life is a very personal choice. Here are a few of the reasons families and individuals choose Five Wishes:

A. Five Wishes is America’s most popular living will because it’s written in everyday language and helps people express their wishes in areas that matter most — the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal. It also helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not. It allows your caregiver to know exactly what you want.

B. Completing Five Wishes is a gift to your family, friends and your doctor because it keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kind of treatment you want or don’t want.

C. Families also use Five Wishes to help start and guide family conversations about care in times of serious illness. Five Wishes is helpful for all adults – everyone over 18 years old – and anyone can start the conversation within a family. Sometimes it begins with grandparents and other times it is the younger family members who bring up the topic. Regardless of your age, you can bring this gift to your family.

Five Wishes is available in two formats:
1. Order a printed Five Wishes document that will be mailed to you.

2. If you want to get started right now, you can use Five Wishes Online to complete and print a customized document immediately, and share instantly with those you care about.

Additional resources are available to make it easy. The Next Steps discussion guide tells you exactly how to start the conversation. And the Five Wishes DVD can also be used as a starting point in your own home.

We know from countless stories from families that have benefitted from Five Wishes that it usually starts with one person who learns about the document, completes it, and then shares it with his or her entire family. Be the person who shares this gift with those you love.