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Advance Health Care Decision Making

There are times when we may be too sick to make medical decisions for ourselves. Advance directives are written forms that tell your healthcare team and loved ones (1) who you want to make medical decision for you if you unable to and (2) what kind of medical treatments you do or do not want if you are at the end-of-life or permanently unconscious and cannot speak for yourself. A Medical Power of Attorney form is where you designate (choose) your medical decision maker and a living will is the form on which you communicate your end-of-life medical treatment wishes.

Links to state specific advance directives forms and education are provided below. Additionally, a link has been provided for those who would like to consider Catholic perspectives on advance care planning when completing their advance directives.

Please contact your physician with questions regarding end-of-life treatment choices and medical decision making.

If you have additional questions about advance directives, please contact the Wheeling Hospital Social Services office: (304) 243-8811

West Virginia

Frequently Asked Questions and Forms
West Virginia e-Directive Registry Sign-Up Form


Advance Directives Packet


A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions
Advance Directives: A Guide To Help You Express Your Health Care Wishes

Bishop Bransfield's Pastoral Letters on Health

Hearts Made Whole: A Pastoral Response to Behavioral Health in West Virginia
A Church That Heals
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