DeathWise Plans Online Event on April 16th to Help as Many People as Possible Complete Advance Directives in 24 Hours

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Get It Done! advance directive event starts at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on April 16, 2013, National Healthcare Decisions Day

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"Avoid the unintended consequences of failing to plan for the end of your life." Anne Bonaparte, Founder and Chairman of DeathWise.

Nonprofit DeathWise today announced its first-ever Get It Done!, a 24-hour online event designed to motivate people to make essential end-of-life decisions and document them in an Advance Directive. Free and open to anyone, Get It Done! will start at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on April 16, 2013. Held in conjunction with National Healthcare Decisions Day, the goal of Get It Done! is to help as many people as possible complete Advance Directives in a single 24-hour period.

An Advance Directive allows individuals to designate someone else to make healthcare decisions on their behalf if they cannot and is considered a linchpin of end-of-life planning.

Said Anne Bonaparte, Founder and Chairman of DeathWise, “Everyone has a story about someone they know who failed to plan for the end of their lives – and left their loved ones struggling with difficult decisions at one of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. DeathWise is passionate about encouraging people to avoid the unintended consequences of failing to plan for death. Our mission is to motivate people to talk about, make decisions, plan for their end of their lives, and then to make it official by documenting their wishes.”

Starting at 12:00 a.m. (midnight), April 16th, visitors to the Get It Done! website, located at http://deathwise.org/getitdone, will be able to download the DeathWise Wise Conversations Starter Kit, which includes the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Advance Directive – a Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare honored in 45 states – and a step-by step guide for completing it in a free PDF.

To provide further help completing an Advance Directive, DeathWise trained coaches will hold four live webcasts on April 16th. People interested in signing up for a webcast can do so now at http://deathwise.org/getitdone. In addition, coaches will be standing by throughout the 24-hour event to take phone calls via a toll-free number that will be available on the Get It Done! website beginning at 12:00 a.m. (midnight), April 16th.

For more information about Get It Done! visit http://deathwise.org/getitdone. For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit http://www.nhdd.org.

About DeathWise

DeathWise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to motivate people to talk about, make decisions, plan for their end of their lives, and then to communicate their wishes. Get It Done! is based on the success of our Wise Conversations program, made possible by a generous grant from the California HealthCare Foundation. Wise Conversations trains coaches and provides materials to guide small groups of people – families, friends and neighbors in living rooms and community centers – through the conversations about clarifying choices and the process of completing Advance Directives and other forms that document their end-of-life wishes. DeathWise is on the web at http://www.deathwise.org.

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