One Life. One Decision. One Story.
Meaningful Life offers a free community service including education, conversation, and resources for individuals, families, and professionals who are interested in learning about or making end-of-life decisions.
JUST LIKE THAT.
OUR LIVES CAN CHANGE.
Advance Directives provide clear instructions as to end-of-life wishes should one become physically or mentally unable to communicate personal desires regarding end-of-life treatment.
“I help people think about end-of-life decisions for themselves and their loved ones.”
–Carla S. Baum
“So many people avoid making their end-of-life decisions because they believe they will give up control. But that’s a huge myth. You take control by identifying the persons you want to make your decisions for you and what care you want. You are taking control.”
“My advice would be there is no perfect time. Have the conversation. Don’t wait!”
“90% say talking with their loved ones about end-of-life is important. Only 28% have actually done so."
“82% say it’s important to put their wishes in writing. Only 23% have actually done it."
Source: The Conversation Project
CARLA S. BAUM
Advocate for End-of-Life Conversations, Founder and Principal, Meaningful Life
Carla is a senior healthcare executive based in the St. Louis area, with extensive experience in older adult living, acute care and rehab. She has served as Vice-President and Network Executive, Lutheran Senior Services, as President, St. Joseph Hospital, Kirkwood, and as President, SSM Rehab.
She currently serves as an older adult living consultant.
Carla holds Certification in Advance Care Planning, Respecting Choices, is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and Carla’s community service includes: Kirkwood Historical Society, Leading Age Missouri, Almost Home, United Way of Greater St Louis.