So They Will Know My Wishes

Making Healthcare Decisions

Advance care planning is a crucial element of your healthcare plan. These directives authorize selected friends and family members to be your voice to healthcare providers if you become unable to communicate. You can also create a "living will" in order to specify which medical treatments you do or do not want to undergo at the end of life.

Johnson County Public Library is committed to providing information and resources that will empower our patrons to make informed advance care planning decisions. For more information, visit the following websites:

Please download the free Advance Directives wallet card to better share your healthcare decision and emergency contact information.

Download and print free Indiana Legal Forms including Power of Attorney, Advance Directives, and Living Wills (login with library card required).

The following materials are available for checkout from any JCPL branch. Click a title for more information.


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Living at the End of Life: A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions by Karen Whitley Bell

Checklist for My Family by Sally Hurme

Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen

Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America by William Colby

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Questions and Answers on Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement by Fran Smith & Sheila Himmel

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan For End-of-Life Care by Angelo Volandes


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Sea Inside

Frontline: Being Mortal

All resources are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for the advice or treatment of a doctor, lawyer or other licensed medical or legal professional. Library staff and materials cannot be used to provide medical diagnoses or treatment advice. Johnson County Public Library is not responsible for the content on third-party external websites.