One definition of “values” is: “One’s judgment of what is important in life.” We would also say that values are a set of ideals we develop over our lifetime. For instance, values are religious and spiritual beliefs, ideas about the role of family and our attitudes toward money. Unlike goals we set for ourselves (which can change frequently), values are more fixed in our identities, but can evolve over time. We believe that values become very important when making decisions about care and especially about end-of-life. If you answer the following questions, you can begin to formulate your Values Statement. This is something you share with your family and will help them if you are ever incapacitated or not able to make decisions for yourself.