Obituaries

Dorothy Bucklin
B: 1931-12-13
D: 2017-02-22
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Bucklin, Dorothy
Edward Mandell
B: 1935-03-22
D: 2017-02-17
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Mandell, Edward
Marguerite Staples
B: 1919-10-29
D: 2017-02-16
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Staples, Marguerite
Leona Gray
B: 1947-11-09
D: 2017-02-15
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Gray, Leona
Richard Havey
B: 1938-06-08
D: 2017-02-15
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Havey, Richard
Susan Blaisdell
B: 1945-05-26
D: 2017-02-15
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Blaisdell, Susan
Ronald Baker
B: 1940-10-09
D: 2017-02-10
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Baker, Ronald
Jeanette Candage
B: 1924-04-24
D: 2017-02-09
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Candage, Jeanette
Barbara Bracy
B: 1943-12-03
D: 2017-02-08
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Bracy, Barbara
Clifford Berrouard
B: 1968-12-27
D: 2017-02-06
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Berrouard, Clifford
Dorothy Worcester
B: 1925-01-30
D: 2017-02-03
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Worcester, Dorothy
Rosemarie Baker
B: 1928-04-02
D: 2017-02-02
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Baker, Rosemarie
Alice Bagley
B: 1946-06-30
D: 2017-02-01
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Bagley, Alice
Juanita Stanley
B: 1927-11-11
D: 2017-01-26
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Stanley, Juanita
Sylvia Young
B: 1939-10-07
D: 2017-01-25
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Young, Sylvia
Marie Gaudet
B: 1918-11-02
D: 2017-01-25
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Gaudet, Marie
Corinne Graham
B: 1926-03-31
D: 2017-01-21
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Graham, Corinne
Marjorie Getchell
B: 1922-08-03
D: 2017-01-19
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Getchell, Marjorie
Carolyn Johnston
B: 1937-06-19
D: 2017-01-19
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Johnston, Carolyn
Georgette Himes-Richardson
B: 1962-08-20
D: 2017-01-10
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Himes-Richardson, Georgette
Karen Rogers
D: 2017-01-07
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Rogers, Karen

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We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of living responsibly, which involves preparing for the realities of life. While we believe making the decisions involved in funeral pre-planning is one reflection of a responsible mindset, we also know the critical importance of completing an advance directive*.

What is an Advance Directive?

Sometimes called an advance care directive or living will, these document ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the future.

Defined as "a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment," advance directives, when properly signed and witnessed, will provide guidance for medical and health care decisions in the event the individual becomes incapacitated or incompetent and can no longer make such decisions.

Other Things to Know about Advance Directives

  • Advance directives are legal throughout the United States.
  • Governing laws vary so be sure to obtain an advance directive that complies with your state's laws.
  • You do not need an attorney to complete an advance directive.
  • If you reside in more than one state, you should complete an advance directive for each state where you spend a significant amount of time.
  • There are no time limitations on advance directives. A signed advance directive remains in force until a new one is completed.
  • Periodically review your advance directive to make sure it still reflects your desires. If it doesn't, don't try to amend it; simply complete a new one.
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians cannot recognize or honor a living will or medical power of attorney. They are obligated to do their best to stabilize the patient and get them to the hospital. When you are in the care of hospital personnel, your advance directive becomes valid.

What's Involved in Preparing an Advance Directive?

It requires thoughtful introspection and conversation with family members. The American Bar Association describes the process this way: "Good advance planning for health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation about values, priorities, the meaning of one's life, and quality of life." 

Where to Obtain an Advance Directive Form

There are many resources available online to assist and guide you in writing your advance directive. One useful website is Aging With Dignity.org, which offers the Five Wishes program for preparing living wills/advance directives, as well as an informative blog and links to other media discussions on the subject. Five Wishes forms are also available from Jordan-Fernald at no cost.  

In addition to on-line resources, copies of advance care directive forms can be obtained at your local hospital, as federal law requires every hospital to not only provide information about advance directives, but also to share valuable information about the related laws in your state. Your family physician may also have advance directive forms available.

No matter where you obtain your advance directive form, it will need to be witnessed and possibly notarized. If you do not have access to a notary, contact us at (207) 244-3183, we may be able to help.

 

*Jordan-Fernald offers this material for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice.

 

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