Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper

Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper

by Barry K. Baines

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Overview

As evidenced in the Terri Schiavo case that made national headlines, having a living will is an essential element in ensuring that the way in which you would like to spend your last days will be respected. It informs both family and doctors of your medical treatment preferences in specific situations. An ethical will is a complementary text that communicates personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to relatives and to future generations. It can be more meaningful to friends and family than any material possession you could bequeath to them. Together, living and ethical wills ensure that your wishes and hopes are "on the record," not to be lost, ignored, or forgotten. Offering practical and inspirational advice for people at any stage of life, Ethical and Living Wills includes: —Three recommended writing approaches to capturing our feelings for posterity —Expert information for understanding the legal and practical issues involved in documenting your medical care and treatment preferences in commonly occurring situations —Advice on when to distribute both ethical and living wills — Tips to protect the legacy you leave in an ethical will-preparing and caring for the document you create

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738210551
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/04/2006
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 310,277
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Barry K. Baines, M.D., is Medical Director of Ucare, Minnesota, and Associate Medical Director of Hospice of the Twin Cities. He is the co-founder and CEO of The Legacy Center, an organization dedicated to preserving stories, values, and meaning for individuals, communities, and organizations. Dr. Baines lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Dedicationv
Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
IAn Overview of Ethical Wills1
IIAn Ancient Custom Moves Forward7
A Personal Experience7
What Are Ethical Wills and Where Did They Come From?10
What's in an Ethical Will?16
IIIWhy and When to Write an Ethical Will19
Discovering Your Reasons19
Life Transitions and Life-Changing Events21
When Events Change Your Life27
IVHow to Write an Ethical Will31
Three Approaches for Writing Your Ethical Will31
Approach #1Starting with an Outline and a List of Items to Choose From34
Values and Beliefs37
Lessons and Reflections About Life40
Approach #2Starting with an Outline and Specific Writing Exercises43
Values and Beliefs45
Approach #3Starting with a Black Sheet of Paper53
VPreparing, Caring for, and Sharing Your Ethical Will57
Preparing and Preserving Your Ethical Will57
Sharing Your Ethical Will59
Reviewing and Renewing Your Ethical Will61
Appendix IVoices of the Heart: Modern Ethical Wills65
Appendix IIEthical Will Resources125
Notes129

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jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have reasonable writing skills and a little creativity, the process of writing an ethical will seems straightforward. What Baines brings to all of us is the perspective of multiple experiences, including his own, others he has worked with in the last stages of life, and a full spectrum of examples across all ages. There's also valuable content about living wills and thoughts about how the two concepts are connected. What I like best about this book is the way it encourages anyone to get moving on leaving behind what they think is most important from their own unqiue life experience.