How the Center serves
patients and families.

West Virginians want their wishes respected and their pain controlled near the end of life. The Center for End-of-Life Care provides information to patients and families so that they can make informed choices and receive the treatment they want.

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  1. Living Will

    A living will is a legal document that tells your doctor how you want to be treated if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious and cannot make decisions for yourself. In the past few years, 11% of West Virginians who have completed an advance directive have done this form.

    Download the LIVING WILL FORM (PDF)

    Medical Power of Attorney

    A medical power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to name a person to make healthcare decisions for you if you are too sick to make them for yourself. In the past few years, 26% of West Virginians who have completed an advance directive have done this form.

    Download the MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY FORM (PDF)

    Combined Living Will/Medical Power of Attorney

    This one document combines both the living will and medical power of attorney documents and should be used if you want to name a health care decision maker and do not want machines and other medical interventions to keep you alive when you are dying or permanently unconscious. Most West Virginians (62%) who complete an advance directive complete this form.

    Download the COMBINED LIVING WILL/MPA FORM (PDF)
  2. e-Directive Registry Opt-In Form

    If your advance directive or medical order is older and does not contain an “Opt-In” box at the top, the e-Directive Registry must have your permission to include your documents in the Registry. Additional information about you is also needed to place your forms in the Registry so that you will not be confused with another person who has the same name. Click on the link below for the necessary form and send it to the Registry with your documents.

    Download the E-DIRECTIVE REGISTRY OPT-IN FORM (PDF)
  3. Medical Orders (DNR and POST forms)

    The do-not-resuscitate (DNR) card is a medical order to inform health care providers and first responders not to do CPR. The POST form is a medical order form for people with serious illness issued by your physician to inform health care providers about your treatment wishes. It gives you more choices for the types of treatment you want and do not want than the DNR card.

    Download SAMPLE DNR CARD (PDF)
    Download SAMPLE POST FORM (PDF)

Ready to upload your forms?

If you have completed your advance directives, POST form, and/or DNR card, you can submit them to the WV e-Directive Registry by clicking the link below.