Make a Plan

Your “Dear Doctor” letter

Watch the video to learn how you can make your plan on this website. Dr. Heyland will show you how to make your “Dear Doctor” letter and give you some tips for thinking about what’s important to you. Click on the arrow in the middle of the picture below to start the video:

*Click CC in the play bar or C on your keyboard for subtitles/closed captions.

Dr. talking to patientNow that you’ve worked your way through the Plan Well planning website, you can make your plan – we call it your “Dear Doctor” letter. When you click on the “Make a Plan” button below, you will be asked some questions about what would be important to you if you became seriously ill. Remember, you are not making medical decisions today.

When you make your plan, you’ll be asked certain questions to assess your understanding the different types of medical treatments. If you didn’t answer these questions when you were reading through the website, you should do them now before you start your plan. This is important, because we want to be sure that you have the correct information you need to answer the questions in this plan.

You don’t have to finish your plan all at once. You can save it and go through the website as many times as you like before finishing it. You might also want to have a family member or friend help you.

When you have finished making your plan, you can save it, download it, print it and share it with your health care team and your loved ones. Make sure you share it with your Substitute Decision Maker, the person who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself.

Before you begin:

Before you begin:

  • We intend to use the information we collect from you on this site to help us improve this planning tool and to help you better prepare for the future.
  • Your information will be kept confidential and we will ask you to consent to have your information used for these purposes. (see “Terms of Use” statement and “Privacy Policy” on the bottom of the webpage if you want more information).
  • We will ask you for your email address, and provide you with a “Plan ID password” that you can have emailed to you. That way, you can save your plan and use the ID password to come back to it later, or make changes as needed. You may want to come back to this planning tool and make changes in the future as your health and circumstances change.
  • Once you finish making your plan, you will be able to print it or download it and save it to your computer. We will also send it to your email address, in case you are not using your own computer.
  • Discussions about serious illness, death and dying can be sensitive and difficult. They can bring up strong emotions or memories. Take the time that you need to go through this information and to document your values and preferences. You can can go back to the information on this website at any time while making your plan. Remember, to live well and die well, you need to plan well.
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