Zach Moss 7 July 2015
Planning ahead – things can change
During my work with My Life, My Decision I have been asked on a number of occasions ‘But what if I change my mind?’These documents can be changed. It is the nature of the documents to grow with us. People are like clouds. Clouds are individual. There are no two the same. Their basic make-up is the same but each grows and develops individually, responding to its environment and other influences. And they change over time, as we all do. We respond to our experiences and what is happening around us. So it is important to ensure our Advance Decisions and Advance Statement grow and change with us, that we revisit them occasionally to make sure things haven’t changed and discuss those subtle changes with those closest to us. Advance Decisions and Advance Statements don’t have to be once-and-for-all documents. The MLMD team encourages people to revisit their documents occasionally and can provide ongoing support to ensure that people’s wishes and views are written down and continue to be relevant and current. Advance Decisions and Advance Statements are a reflection of us. Like clouds, we are a constant work in progress, never still, moving forward, responding to our environment.These documents should also be seen as a ‘work in progress’, and as such they become comfortable and reassuring. They can be, and should be, changed to reflect our changing selves.