Advance Care Directives


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The Caring Conversations® Workbook will guide you, your family and your friends through the process of advance care planning with a highly individualized focus. This workbook is available in English or Spanish and includes a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions form and a Healthcare Directives form for your use. Download copies for your personal use.  If you need more than four copies, order hard copies here.

Caring Conversations – An Introduction to Making Your Healthcare Wishes Known

Advance Care Planning Resources
Advance Care Planning is a tender subject that has its own language which may be confusing. This introduction answers the most frequently asked questions about this important process.

Caring Conversations Continued

Advance Care Planning Resources
Even if you have thought about your healthcare wishes, talked to your family and friends and completed a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions, circumstances change. There are specific decisions that may become critically important if you live with an advanced chronic illness or have been told you have a limited life expectancy. TPOPP can help! This booklet is available as an addition to the Workbook.

Advance Healthcare Directives

Advance Care Planning Resources
Please download the Healthcare Directive and Durable Power of Attorney to include in your advance care packet. If you live in Kansas or Missouri, please download the Witnessing Rules for Advance Directives.
Advance Care Directives

Customize Resources

Customize our resources with your organizations logo and contact information for large scale distribution. This personalization is adaptable for any health entity, church, school or group.
Durable Power of Attorney Forms

Resource Liaison

Please contact the Center for Practical Bioethics for personalized assistance with collecting the healthcare resources required for your current needs.

Advance Care Directives


Securely store and share your completed documents with loved ones and healthcare professionals using MyDirectives.

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Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP)

TPOPP Resources

The Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP) initiative is designed to translate patient preferences into medical orders.
Bioethics Workplace program

Workplace Programs

Our workplace programs are a benefit to employees who inevitably find themselves caring for both elderly parents at the same time of other generations of family.
Chronic Pain


PAINS-KC offers a strong patient voice to help inform research and the development of patient-centered pain policy and educational programming and to help raise awareness of chronic pain in the KC metro area.
Advance Care Planning for African-American Faith Communities

African-American Faith Communities

The Center for Practical Bioethics works to overcome the barriers in implementing advance care planning tools in African-American communities.


Case Studies

Case studies provide a roadmap for decision-making in future cases, help drive the development of new analysis and thought about complex medical and moral dilemmas.

Aging Resources

These resources will help you plan for an aging population and the aspects of life including healthcare, caregiving, housing, shopping and driving.
Bioethics Interviews

Audio Interviews

Download our audio on the go - or select any of our 300 expert interviews on healthcare policy and end of life planning.

End of Life Resources

These resources and interviews help you navigate the complex healthcare system for living wills, durable powers of attorney and concerns about care outside of hospital.


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