What Is Light The Legacy?

Light The Legacy is a community-based organization dedicated to improving end-of-life care in Central Minnesota. Our organization hopes to inspire ongoing advance care planning conversations among family members and friends, between patients and health care providers, and in the community at large. Our goal is to encourage the people of central Minnesota to make informed health care decisions and to implement programs that facilitate patient- and family-centered end-of-life care.

 

How can I support Light The Legacy?

To accomplish its mission, Light The Legacy requires strong community support and contributions from generous benefactors. Thanks to gifts we receive from donors like you, Light The Legacy is educating the Central Minnesota community about the importance of advance care planning, and implementing health care programs that promote informed choice and choice-honoring end-of-life care. Join Light The Legacy through financial contribution. Together we can make a difference in Central Minnesota.



What is advance care planning?

We all plan for the future. We open savings accounts and retirement funds. We have policies to protect our homes and our cars. We even insure our health and our lives—just in case. But somehow, one of the most important aspects of preparing for the unknown has slipped through the cracks for many of us.

Advance care planning is an ongoing conversation between you, your family, and your physician regarding your wishes for end-of-life care. It involves appointing a healthcare agent, the person who will speak for you if you’re unable to speak for yourself, and results in the completion of a health care directive, the legal document that outlines your desires.

Advance care planning is a vital aspect of health care for every adult, regardless of age or health status. Surely the future of your medical care is as significant as your financial future.



How do I complete a health care directive?

The process of writing a health care directive starts with thoughtful consideration of your health care values and desires for end-of-life care. Next comes the advance care planning conversation with loved ones, and finally, the completion of the health care directive document.

Click the link below to download a copy of the Honoring Choices Minnesota health care directive. Use this form and other resources from this site as a reference to guide you as you complete the necessary first steps of personal reflection and conversation. Then, complete the health care directive form and print multiple copies—one for your records, one to submit to your primary care physician, one for your appointed healthcare agent, and others for close friends or relatives you may want to share it with. As you proceed with your own advance care planning, be sure to encourage your family and friends to join you in preparing for the future!




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