Resources to help begin thinking about health care decisions that are important for you, and to have a conversation with your loved ones.

Advance Directive Cover Sheet

This cover sheet provides some basic information on how to complete an advance directive.

Advance Directive Forms for North Carolina

English Form

Spanish- Forma español

Korean- 한국어 양식

Russian- русский Форма

Conversation ProjectConversation Starter Kit Link

The Starter Kit will help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation with your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.

Go Wish

Go Wish is a card game that assists individuals in speaking about their end-of-life wishes. From “The cards help you find words to talk about what is important if you were to be living a life that may be shortened by serious illness.”

You can play an online version of the game here.

MOST: Medical Order for Scope of Treatment Form

Some individuals may choose to further define their preferences for treatment beyond what is possible with a healthcare power of attorney or living will.  Based on the POLST Paradigm, the NC MOST form is a physician’s order and allows an individual to tailor their treatment wishes in more detail. The MOST must be signed by a medical provider (MD, DO, NP, PA) to be valid.

Your physician likely has MOST forms available in their office. If you are a provider and need to order MOST forms, you can do so here through the NC Department of Health Service Regulation.

If you work in healthcare and would like to learn more about how the MOST form is used in your setting, we recommend this series of webinars from the office of the National POLST Paradigm.


PREPARE is a program that can help you:

  • Make medical decisions for yourself and others
  • Talk with your doctors
  • Get the medical care that is right for you

For additional information regarding end-of-life choices, visit:

NIH Senior Health Preparing for the End of Life Link
NC Bar Association – A Gift to Your FamilyLink
Caring Connections – Planning AheadLink