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.
As a retired RN and social worker, I know how important it is for people of ALL ages to plan for end of life. Having a will is not enough. Power of attorney for finances and health care decision making are very important to allow someone you trust to handle your affairs, should you become incapacitated in some way. I highly recommend the class "Honor My Wishes" which explores all of the issues surrounding end-of-life so that you can prevent confusion over your wishes, unnecessary expense and burdens on your loved ones. I plan to take the class again to make sure that the Davis family has i
Marianne Davis, Puyallup, WA