Obituaries

John Custer
B: 1929-12-12
D: 2018-09-18
View Details
Custer, John
Ranko Manojlovic
B: 1965-08-20
D: 2018-09-18
View Details
Manojlovic, Ranko
Robert Rozmus
B: 1954-09-16
D: 2018-09-18
View Details
Rozmus, Robert
John Koehring
B: 1934-11-13
D: 2018-09-16
View Details
Koehring, John
Lyndsey Berard
B: 1982-11-24
D: 2018-09-16
View Details
Berard, Lyndsey
Josefina Dipasupil
B: 1956-08-27
D: 2018-09-15
View Details
Dipasupil, Josefina
Deborah Valentine
B: 1956-12-17
D: 2018-09-13
View Details
Valentine, Deborah
Debra Fulgham
B: 1960-11-21
D: 2018-09-13
View Details
Fulgham, Debra
Edward Holmes
B: 1942-11-10
D: 2018-09-12
View Details
Holmes, Edward
Katie Scott
B: 1929-04-16
D: 2018-09-12
View Details
Scott, Katie
Heather Tudor
B: 1966-02-06
D: 2018-09-08
View Details
Tudor, Heather
Lois Waters
B: 1923-09-20
D: 2018-09-07
View Details
Waters, Lois
Linda Derringer
B: 1944-08-31
D: 2018-09-06
View Details
Derringer, Linda
Thelma Reidy
B: 1933-02-26
D: 2018-09-06
View Details
Reidy, Thelma
Josephine Duran
B: 1937-08-26
D: 2018-09-01
View Details
Duran, Josephine
Yvonne Telfair
B: 1968-11-26
D: 2018-09-01
View Details
Telfair, Yvonne
Robert Skipper
B: 1936-10-15
D: 2018-08-29
View Details
Skipper, Robert
Emily Bautista
B: 2018-08-29
D: 2018-08-29
View Details
Bautista, Emily
Ginny Sorrell
B: 1948-12-01
D: 2018-08-25
View Details
Sorrell, Ginny
Nancy Long
B: 1923-10-06
D: 2018-08-14
View Details
Long, Nancy
Esther Stofocik
B: 1929-01-14
D: 2018-08-13
View Details
Stofocik, Esther

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
5401 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: 757-366-9260
Fax: 757-366-9262
Family Choice of Roanoke is now Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory. Click to learn about our Best Price Guarantee!

Advance Directives

We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of living responsibly, which involves preparing for the realities of life. While we believe making the decisions involved in funeral pre-planning is one reflection of a responsible mindset, we also know the critical importance of completing an advance directive.

What is an Advance Directive?

Sometimes called advance care directives, these document ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the future.

Defined as "a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment," advance directives, when properly signed and witnessed, will provide guidance for medical and health care decisions in the event the individual becomes incompetent and can no longer make such decisions.

Other Things to Know about Advance Directives

  • Advance directives are legal throughout the United States.
  • Governing laws vary so be sure to obtain an advance directive that complies with your state's laws.
  • You do not need an attorney to complete an advance directive.
  • If you reside in more than one state, you should complete an advance directive for each state where you spend a significant amount of time.
  • There are no time limitations on advance directives. A signed advance directive remains in force until a new one is completed.
  • Periodically review your advance directive to make sure it still reflects your desires. If it doesn't, don't try to amend it; simply complete a new one.
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians cannot recognize or honor a living will or medical power of attorney. They are obligated to do their best to stabilize the patient and get them to the hospital. When you are in the care of hospital personnel, your advance directive becomes valid.

What's Involved in Preparing an Advance Directive?

It requires thoughtful introspection and conversation with family members. The American Bar Association describes the process this way: "Good advance planning for health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation about values, priorities, the meaning of one's life, and quality of life."

There are many resources available online to assist and guide you in writing your Advance Directive. 

Where to Obtain an Advance Directive Form

It's fairly easy to get a copy of the advance care directive form for your state. Your local hospital is a reliable source, as federal law requires every hospital to not only provide information about advance directives to people in their service area, they are also required to share valuable information about the related laws in your state. Contact your local hospital to learn more. Your family physician may also have advance directive forms available for patients.

You will need to have the advance directive witnessed and notarized. If you do not have access to a notary, you can find one using either of the following websites:

Once your advance directive is completed, signed, witnessed, and notarized, you may wish to upload a copy to your state's advance directive registry. This service allows healthcare providers quick access to your advance directive should they need it. Locate the advance directive registry for your state online or visit the website for the U.S. Living Will Registry.