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Advance Directives

What you need to know to make decisions about your healthcare

It may be a car accident, a heart attack or a fall from a ladder. You don’t expect tragedy to happen, so you don’t plan for it. But, as unpleasant as planning is, the consequences of not planning can be far worse.

Advance Directives

Healthcare Decisions day is April 16. In this short video, Geisinger physicians and nursing staff, plus family members of patients, share how advance directives helped them, and how they can benefit you and your loved ones.


Just as you have feelings about the way you want to live, you probably have feelings about how you want your life to end. Before the time comes when you cannot make or communicate your treatment decisions, talk to your family about the choices you would make and how comfortable they would feel with those choices. Then talk to your physician. Once you have made decisions about your medical treatment at the end of your life, write them down.

The conversations you have with your family and doctor are called advance planning. The decision you make is called an advance directive.


Frequently asked questions printable version (.pdf)