US Senator John Barrasso with veteran hospice patient (courtesy Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions)

CASPER, Wyo. — Who will speak for others if they can’t speak for themselves? April spotlights such questions with National Health Care Decisions Day landing on April 16, and Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions is holding an event to help people have the assurance that their wishes will be known.

Five Wishes is one of the most widely used Advanced Care Planning documents in the United States. Advanced Care Planning is for everyone, from older folks and those living with illness to younger adults and families. This easy-to-use legal document is written in everyday language and is one of the first living wills that addresses your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes, according to a press release from Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.

On April 11, representatives from Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions will be at the Natrona County Library to introduce Five Wishes, lead attendees through the document and its importance and answer questions. Each participant will be given a copy of Five Wishes to take home.

This free event begins at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 307-577-4832 or email Susan Burk at