One Life. One Decision. One Story.

Meaningful Life is education, conversation, and resources for individuals, families, and
professionals who are interested in learning about or making end-of-life decisions.

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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!”

“My dad’s wishes were honored. He did not want any extraordinary life-prolonging measures.”

“An advance directive needs to be a part of the patient’s medical records or wishes won’t be honored.”

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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 earned her master’s in Healthcare Administration.

Carla’s community service includes: Board of Directors, Kirkwood Historical Society; Board of Directors, Leading Age Missouri; Board Chair, Almost Home; and volunteer for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. {MORE}