Vermont Advance Directive Week 2024 – April 14-20

Posted: April 12, 2024

Vermont Advance Directive Week Begins April 14


Vermont Advance Directive Week has been a tradition for over a decade and in conjunction with National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th, is a statewide project of raising awareness about the importance of advance directives and conversations around medical decision-making.

This year, Governor Scott has declared April 14-20, 2024 as Vermont Advance Directive Week. Read the full text of the proclamation here: 24-052 Advance Directive Week (002).

No one likes to think about being ill or injured, yet it can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age or health status. Who should your doctors speak with if you are unable to speak for yourself? What would be most important to you if your recovery would not include a return of health as you knew it? The best quality health care includes making choices centered on your goals and values, and advance care planning documents can help.

We invite all Vermont residents to join people across the country in making your future health care preferences known! Learn more about advance care planning and NHDD activities by visiting our Taking Steps Pages or checking out more resources on NHDD from the Conversation Project.

Events in Vermont

Greensboro Free Library - Create a Living Will

April 16th from 11:00am-12:30pm (Overview of Advance Directives with the Vermont Ethics Network)

Greensboro Free Library Calendar Greensboro Free Library Website

Castleton Community Center - Advance Directive Workshop

April 19th from 1:30-3:00pm (Overview of Advance Directives with the Vermont Ethics Network)

Castleton Community Center Calendar Castleton CSI Website

More Ways to Participate in Advance Directive Week

  • Complete your own directive
  • Review and update your directive if needed
  • Talk with others about why you have an advance directive
  • Share resources
  • Attend local events
  • Host a directive party

Completing your advance directive is an important step in being prepared for unexpected emergencies. Give peace of mind to your friends and family by sharing your plan before serious injury or illness happens. Ready to get started? Download your forms today!