Thinking About End of Life Wishes Now Reduces Stress For Everyone
February 24, 2021
Your end of life care wishes matter, and now you can get help documenting them.
Ascension has created Allay Care to bring you a free tool that guides you through 14 important topics that help you uncover what’s important — and what’s not important — to you when it comes to your ideas and preferences for your end of life and after-death care.
Not sure if you can or want to answer all the questions? That’s not a problem with Allay’s tool, and it won’t keep you from completing your document. Allay recognizes many people need to stop to reflect or talk with a loved one or healthcare provider as they think through their preferences. The tool features a “Save and Resume Later” option so you can fill out as little or as much at a time, and return to the process with more information or different perspectives.
When complete, all your answers become a customized PDF that is emailed immediately to you and emailed 24 hours later to whomever you choose. This gives you time to share a heads up that it is coming and — once received — enables you, your loved ones, and your healthcare team to literally be on the same page.
Zac Willette, head of Allay, shares some insight on why this activity is an important part of our lives.
“Many people have asked me why it’s important to write down the reasons behind their personal preferences,” Willette said. “As a hospital chaplain serving families going through tough experiences, I’ve seen the deep peace of mind that’s possible simply because the person took time to document their preferences ahead of time — especially if they gave the reasoning behind them. It meant that difficult decisions could be made with confidence instead of doubt, with love instead of anguish. When you take time to give your people that level of direction, based on your values, it’s a huge relief for them. But you’re also empowering yourself to be heard when it matters most.”
The head of Allay Care is not the only person who swears by how useful the tool is. Users of the software also testify to its helpfulness, as you can read about on Allay Care’s site.
Many people may think of Advance Care Planning when hearing about this service. However, Allay Care is even broader. It covers more than just the medical do’s and don’ts at the end of life. With Allay’s tools, you can document specifics about your quality of life, such as what makes you comfortable in your last days, how much you want to know about your condition then and where you’d prefer to be cared for at the end of your life. But it doesn’t stop with the moment of your death. With Allay, you can provide clarity on important personal and logistical things for after your death as well — from how you want to be laid to rest, to who you have given the passwords to wind down your online accounts, and more.
How does it work? Allay’s free Digital Self-Service tool can be accessed at any time. Simply click here to get started. If you have questions or need to speak to someone, visit Allay’s website or call them at 314-733-7175. The Allay team is looking forward to hearing from you and helping you in this meaningful work.