Located in Enumclaw, Washington, a small city southeast of Seattle, HMW has created a comprehensive end-of-life planning tool called the Honor My Wishes guidebook, which is divided into three sections that use the titles of Dignity, Security and Peace for each section. The Dignity section discusses the need for Advance Directives, and even provides a Health care Power of Attorney and Directive along with instructions. It suggests recording the user’s health care information and choices including the use of addendums to help guide their selected decision maker. The Security section discusses the appropriateness of instruments such as Wills and Powers of Attorneys, and suggests recording certain financial and personal information that would facilitate the handling of estate affairs. The Peace section provides a directive that controls body disposition, has the form necessary for death certificates and suggests recording the user’s provisions for funeral and memorial services and final arrangements. The HMW guidebook was created in conjunction with local medical providers, financial institutions, faith communities and business organizations.
View the link of "The Guidebook" to learn more about each section. There are many members of the HMW coalition that are trained as Facilitators, to help people complete their Advance Directives. These facilitators can help individuals in the Enumclaw area, and are available at no charge. View the link to "Facilitators" for this service. To find out more about the guidebook or the organization, contact HMW@HonorMyWishes.org or call 360.802.8558.
Most of us find it difficult to think about or talk with family and friends about end-of-life issues. While it is true that these conversations are easier to deal with while we are healthy and before a need arises, every adult at any age should have them. The Honor My Wishes program is outstanding. My husband and I took it and found it to be thought-provoking and enormously helpful. We found the guidebook to be very useful as we collected important information. Feedback from people who also took the classes was equally positive. All of the information was very helpful. I liked the impet
Linda Henry, Puyallup, WA