• Prepare for the Future

    Plan for Later Life and End of Life

    While death is a natural part of life, many people find it hard to bring up end-of-life discussions with their loved ones and even their doctors. But it can save you and your family a lot of headaches and heartaches in the future.

    We’re proud to partner with The Conversation Project, a group that understands these conversations are both difficult and important. The project offers resources like the Conversation Starter Kit that breaks down the discussion process into four easy steps.

    Take control of your future and download the Conversation Starter Kit.

    Advance Directives

    Completing an advance directive is one of the smartest and kindest actions you can take for yourself and your family. Also called living wills, advance directives are legal forms that tell people your wishes if you’re on life support or facing other end-of-life decisions. You can also choose someone you trust to make health care decisions for you if you’re unconscious or unable to make them yourself. The Maryland legislature recognizes advance directives as official documents. Download our advance directive packet to find out more. Descargue nuestro paquete de información para directivas anticipadas en español

    Support for End-of-Life Issues

    If you’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition, you may need help coping emotionally. Counseling helps many people. Anne Arundel Medical Center has professionals who are trained and experienced in helping people cope with end-of-life issues. Find out more.

    A support group can offer a chance to share your feelings and concerns with others who understand. Many people find comfort and answers through a support group. Find a support group.

    If you’re in crisis, call for help now. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

    The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency offers a Crisis Warmline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 410-768-5522. Other hotlines and resources are available for people facing all kinds of issues. Find out more.

    Palliative Care or Hospice?

    Many people don’t understand the difference between palliative care and hospice. Hospice provides care and support for people who are very near the end of life, when recovery is no longer possible. Patients and their families can often benefit from hospice care at home or in a health care facility.

    Palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness or condition, whether or not it’s life threatening. It helps you cope with living with your condition, through pain control, medication management and other support. You can benefit from palliative care while you’re being treated. Find out more about palliative care.