Advance Directives: Living Will

KIT Radio – Five Wishes/Advanced Directives

Guest:  Laurie Oswalt, Chaplain, Memorial Hospital

March 20, 2012


What is Five Wishes?

  • Five Wishes is a living will written in everyday language.
  • It covers a person’s spiritual and personal desires at end of life, in addition to their medical and legal concerns.
  • This document is a legally accepted advanced directive in the state of Washington.
  • The Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:
    • Who you want to make health care decisions for you if you cannot make them
    • The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want
    • How comfortable you want to be
    • How you want people to treat you
    • What you want your loved ones to know.


How should Five Wishes be used?

  • End of life issues aren’t easy to talk about or think about, but no matter what age you are, you should give this some thought.
  • It provides a starting point for families to have these conversations.
  • It will make planning easier for your loved knows knowing your wishes were carried out. Think of it as a gift to your loved ones.


When should I fill it out?

  • If you are over 18, you should complete it now.
  • If you are married, you should each fill one out.
  • If you are young and in good health, you should fill one out because you never know what could happen.


How do I get a copy?

  • Instructions on how to order a copy can be found on the Memorial website.
  • You can go online at to complete  the document or download a copy
  • You can order one through Aging with Dignity by calling toll free 888-594-7437.

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