Living with a serious illness and approaching the end of life is always difficult, but the challenges are even greater when the patient is young. Aging with Dignity, with the help of national experts, has developed guides for children and adolescents, who have needs that are not necessarily met in a standard advance directive. My Wishes, for pediatric patients, and Voicing My Choices, for adolescents, use developmentally appropriate language, medical terms, and themes. Both documents are the nation’s first tools that allow youth living with life-limiting illness to express and share their preferences for how they wish to be cared for and remembered.

Read more here at our Voicing My Choices frequently asked questions