Listed below are the mission statements for each section. There is a link to the first page of each section, that outlines the section and has a table of contents. You can download the guidebook in full, as well as the Body Disposition and HCPAD forms from our "Forms" link.
The Honor My Wishes™ (HMW) logo pictures a cairn, path and bird. A cairn is a stack of rocks marking a safe path to follow, used by travelers since ancient times. The sheet protectors in the following three sections include documents necessary to outline a path for loved ones to follow, assuring dignity, security and peace for an individual reaching life’s end.
• Dignity Please Honor My Wishes for health care choices as set forth in my Advance Directive. To aid my Agent in making health care choices for me, I have recorded pertinent medical information and reflections on end of life care. [read more]
• Security Please Honor My Wishes for managing financial affairs and distributing personal belongings as set forth in my Will. To help accomplish the orderly transition of my affairs, I have recorded important information regarding estate issues. [read more]
• Peace Please Honor My Wishes for commemorating my life. To help complete this memorialization, I have recorded my suggestions for final arrangements, funeral plans and how I wish to be remembered. [read more]
In 2008, my husband became critically ill following surgeries. After 4 long unresponsive months on a ventilator, I was faced with the very real and difficult decision of whether to continue life support. Luckily for me, having been active in Honor My Wishes for several years, we had talked about end of life issues. Several years earlier we both had our Advance Directives filled out, signed and witnessed. Quality of life, not quantity, was important to him. Though the decision was difficult and painful, discontinuing life support was the right decision.
Nancy (McCormack) Wik