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.

Games & Activities

My Gift of Grace: A Conversation Game for Living & Dying Well - Designed as a fun, engaging way to start conversations with any group. This game is a tool suitable for players at all life stage.

Go Wish - A card game that is a simple way to think and talk about what's important to individuals and their family members if someone becomes seriously ill.


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

My Wishes: Your Plan for Communicating and Organizing the Essential Information Your Family Needs by Benjamin H. Berkley

Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life by Jane Brody

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley

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

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

A Better Way of Dying: How to Make the Best Choices at the End of Life by Jeanne & Eileen Fitzpatrick

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

The Complete Living Will Kit by Edward A. Haman

...And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life by Sharon R. Kaufman

Comfort & Care in a Final Illness by June Cerza Kolf

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

To Live Until We Say Good-Bye by Mal Warshaw & Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Sea Inside

The Undertaking

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.