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3 EASY WAYS BY AMY MOTTERAM

WHY AN ADVANCE
DIRECTIVE IS IMPORTANT
FOR YOUR FAMILY

When a life-threatening
medical event occurs, the only
thing family and close friends want to
do is help-somehow, some way. But
where do they start? In the midst of
an emotionally charged situation,
family members and close friends are
thrown into a confusing process.
They're asked to fill out form after
form, answer important health care
questions and make big decisions, all
while wondering, "Is this really what
they would want?"
To help provide guidance in difficult
times like these, it's important to have Chuck Christie, chaplain with
Northside Hospital
an advance directive. This document
specifies what actions should be taken if you can no longer make
decisions yourself. Chuck Christie, a chaplain with Northside Hospital,
shares three reasons why everyone should have one of these important
legal documents.

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HAVE YOU
PREPARED
YOUR ADVANCE
DIRECTIVE YET?
The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare
allows you to appoint a health care agent who
ensures that your treatment preferences are
carried out when you cannot speak for yourself.
Discussing treatment preferences and
completing documents may not feel like a
caring act, but for families who come to those
difficult crossings, documents outlining your
clear wishes are a gift.

PROVIDES PEACE OF MIND. Having an advance directive
gives your family clarity when having to make difficult decisions
about your health care.

REDUCES STRESS. By their very nature, serious medical situations
are stressful. When your wishes are clearly laid out, however, family
members can feel confident and at ease when following your
expressed health care wishes.

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PREVENTS CONFLICT. Despite best intentions, it can be
difficult for family members to come to a consensus on next steps
and care. An advance directive stops potential disagreements
before they start.

Remember to keep this document on hand-and share copies with your
designated health care agent, physicians and hospital upon admission-so
that it's readily available in the event of a life-threatening medical situation.

DOWNLOAD

Plan Ahead
To download your copy of an
advance directive, visit northside.
com/advancedirective.
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