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Dignity, Security, and Peace at Life's End


The Honor My Wishes (HMW) guidebook is written with Washington State law in mind, and is not intended to substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. The HMW guidebook suggests recording information regarding personal identity. It is important that you store this guidebook in an accessible, but secure location.


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.

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Nancy (McCormack) Wik