Questions Worth Asking About Advance Directives And Living Wills

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Questions Worth Inquiring About Advance Directives As well as Living Wills

Stop thinking about what advance directives and also living wills can do for you. Instead, seek out the actual answers for the very obvious questions which were bugging you for so long now. Then there is no better way to start this quest than with good old definitions.

What are Advance Directives as well as Living Wills?

An advance instruction instructs your participating in physician about the type of care/treatment you would like to receive should you ever become unable to come up with decisions for yourself. Medical center personnel may speak to you about this stuff.

Of course, you would be approached with this kind of suggestion while you’re nonetheless well and able otherwise your eligibility of creating an advance directive could be forfeited by incapacitation, mental illness or airport terminal disease.

An excellent advance directive specifically identifies the type of medical treatment you intend to get depending on the the law of gravity of your medical condition. As an example, the instructions may illustrate the kind as well as extent of treatment you want if you become diagnosed with an illness that’s beyond any potential for recovery. In addition, this document usually informs physicians of your opposition against or acceptance for a certain types of therapy.

Advance directives may come in a variety of forms. The laws and regulations that regulate them are different in every condition. Therefore, you need to be aware of the laws inside the state you live inside.

An advance directive, on the other hand, is a form of progress directive. This legally binding document identifies the treatment or life-support actions you intend to receive inside the untoward event of a terminal illness or irreversible coma.

A living will may or may not let you appoint another person to decide on your behalf. The presence of this option is generally based on state-specific laws.

Are they all important?

By making move forward directives and living wills as soon as possible, you are expressing you preferences with regard to treatment before you are faced with a severe injury or disease. Doing so will spare your family and friends the pressure associated with deciding what is really best for you. More often than not, the particular legal age qualified to make these paperwork is 18 years of age.

Seriously ill people are more likely to draw up these kinds of legal documents ahead of time. For instance, a person with a terminal cancer may possibly write her want not to be hooked to a respirator in case of a respiratory arrest. This kind of act can decrease the patient’s suffering, market his or her peace of mind, and also increase control over his / her death.

Then again, if you live still in an superb health condition, you may want to think about making your own move forward directive. Who knows without a doubt? You may encounter an awful accident or suddenly collapse on your way to perform. If you have thought of these possibilities and have made a decision to do the right thing, then you can rest assured that your own wishes will be respected and implemented by your health care provider.

How to make all of them?

An advance directive as well as living will dont necessarily have to be complex legal documents. They can just be short statements with regards to your health care choices in case your ability to communicate is gone. Keep in mind that any request you write down should conform to the actual laws of your state.

You can write these types of documents in a number of techniques. First is by using an application that supplied by your physician. You may also put the requests in writing by yourself. Aside from that, you also have the choice to ask for the appropriate form from the health care department of your state.

Using the technology of the modern day world, you may even get their hands on free online living will certainly forms. Some web sites also sell software packages for all types of legal documents.

Then again, if you wish to do it the traditional approach, then you can confer with a lawyer who handles progress directives and living wills.

Comments: 51

  1. Chi February 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Is Obama really for euthanization? Also My Grandmother in law is really into politics, I’m not so much so dont get on to me if I dont word this right, but she had said that Obama is trying to pass a bill where people over 65 (or something like that) wont get medical care anymore, or people who are really sick. Is this true? Can anyone tell me their knowledge of what kind of bill Obama is trying to pass regarding health care?
    Theres no reason to get rude. What does it matter her misunderstanding of what Obama is doing? Its not like it will affect any of you. Get some class and some maturity, it might do you good.
    To Terry: Thats what she was telling me.
    Btw, Can anyone give me a link to where you are finding all of this information?
    Thanks Fred, very informative = )

  2. Morgan February 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply

    like giving someone $1 million and then marooning them on a desert island?

    All the freedom in the world and nothing worth doing with it….

    I’d thank you all in advance for your thoughtful answers, but somehow I doubt I’m going to get many. So thanks for your indictments of my intelligence and character instead.
    Patriot:

    true enough.
    actually, it’s a bias created by past experience. But, as I said– true enough. I probably shouldn’t have created such a self-fulfilling prophecy. The question, however, is legitimate and serious. And it’s also based on experience.
    Eschew:

    Actually I have been on both sides. I came to my current theism by way of epistemological nihilism– pretty hard core atheism by anyone’s standards–
    Spirit wanderer:

    Truth is, that’s the only reason you can possibly have– because you want to. But since the source is your own self will, worthiness does not obtain. You could just as well choose to afflict people. It would be equally “worthy” in a non-theistic system.
    Mousetrip:
    Your answer piques my curiosity. From it I infer you believe at least one of the following:
    — epistmological nihilism is not a strongly atheistic position (it certainly is)
    —- epistemological nihilism is a load of crap (far easier said than proven)
    —- I don’t know what epistmological nihilism is. (an unwarranted assumption)
    —- I’m lying. I was never such. (a demonstration of your inability to imagine a life experience different than your own)
    Since you don’t allow e-mail, I’m going to take a chance and guess it’s the last.

  3. Porter April 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm Reply

    I am trying to fill out an advanced directive but I don’t have enough medical background to know which situations that would cause you to suffer.Does anyone have medical knowledge or can someone suggest a resource for information.

  4. Ted May 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

    I’ve heard of a Advance Health Care Directives. I’m going through some testing to find solutions to my problems with brain function.

    Has anyone done one of these directives? I know it’s to ensure my wishes. I just want to know from someone who has one.

  5. Dortha June 5, 2013 at 5:18 am Reply

    I am writing a research paper on advanced directives. I am arguing that it is a good idea to have an advanced directive but I know that there are people who are against it. Would you please be willing to share your thoughts on advanced directives.

    Advanced directive is a legal form that a person has drawn up to inform the doctor and their family on how to handle certain medical decisions. For example, life support is to be used or should be used, feeding tubes are/are not to be used, or whether or not CPR to be performed.

    My bottom line question is in two parts. 1. Do you have an advanced directive? 2. How do you feel about advanced directives? 3. If you currently don’t have one in place How does your family know how to handle this difficult questions? Have you talked to them about it?

    Thank you for your help.

  6. Terrance June 12, 2013 at 2:48 am Reply

    If a hospital does not honor an Advance Directive and does not consult the health care proxy regarding the incapacitated persons wishes and treats the incapacitated person without the healthcare proxies consent and the incapacitated person dies, is it medical battery against the healthcare proxies since they were telling the hospital to not do certain things that caused the death? there is no estate or probate

  7. Ardath June 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm Reply

    The government got involved in end of life decisions in 1992. Who was the president then and why did he think this was appropriate? Does the present legislation repeal this? In 1992 Hospitals were required to assist patients in setting up advanced directives or living wills. Are these the death boards everyone is talking about?

  8. Wm June 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Sorry that’s a depressing question 🙁
    Advance directives allow you to control how you want your life to end. For example, pull the plug or live on machines.

    Would you choose?
    Living will; (I decide how I want to die if I’m terminally ill while I’m still) healthy.Proxy; (I designate someone to choose for me while I’m still healthy)
    Surrogate; (Let the government choose someone for me.)

  9. Mohamed July 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

    I am the daughter. My mom wants me to be her agent or proxy. My mom’s recent health issues have her thinking about an advanced directive because my parents don’t have the best marital relationship.

  10. Kimiko August 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm Reply

    Advance Directives = living will, heath care proxy, or durable power of attorney for health care)

    A. the health care consumer
    B. the primary care physician
    C. the nursing assistant
    D. hospital administration.
    I was thinking it was A too, but issues mean:

    The act or an instance of flowing, passing, or giving out.

    and the health care consumer receives it not issues it.

  11. Dell August 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    I am the same age as my best friend, who is making an Advance Directive form. She wants me to be her agent. All the websites we have searched say that the agent should be an adult, but none of them say that it has to be. Is it legal for me to be her agent? (In New Jersey). Note: We are asking if I am legally allowed to, not if I am the best choice.

  12. Sherill August 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    I want to prepare my advance health care directive, I have 5 children, can I put all of them on it?? or is there a maximum or minimum number of people you can choose?

  13. Wilmer August 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm Reply

    my living will / advanced directives says i don’t want an N G tube or any heart or lung machines even if i may be able to live a normal life . i don’t want to be on life support or any kind of artificial stuff tubing or machines . i already went through that before and it was too painful . but at the same time i m still alive and as well as i am . so i should be happy .

  14. Dee September 23, 2013 at 6:30 am Reply

    I am looking at legal options for myself and unborn child, and I found that in my state of Texas, an advance directive is not legal while pregnant. I want to know why? What happens to my child? Who is responsible for making decisions about my child if I am unable to do so?

  15. Rey September 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    I went to pre-register at the hospital today and the admissions agent asked me if I had an Advanced Directive or Will. I don’t. I had never thought about it. But now I’m thinking, what if something happens to me? What if something goes wrong? I know my husband and I have spoken about what we would like but in that stressful situation, he might not be in the best state to remember all of my wishes. And then, as far as our child as well.

    I have a friend who is a notary who is willing to notarize forms for me. I can’t afford a lawyer to draw all of these up but I’d like to do them myself. Is this kind of thing necessary for childbirth? Who is going to, or has already, set up Wills, Advanced Directives etc for the birth? What are the kinds of things I should cover?
    To be honest, Id like to prevent my crazy mother in law from having any way to take over. She has a tendency to do that and my husband has allowed it in the past. (She is diabolical) So I really want to make it specific.

    Thanks!

    PS: Are there online fillable forms that anyone recommends?

  16. Katharina October 24, 2013 at 5:33 am Reply

    How might a novice confuse the following advance directives within the Patient Self-Determination Act when distinguishing information as administrative or clinical?

    o Do Not Resuscitate Order
    o Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
    o Health Care Proxy
    o Living Will
    o Organ or Tissue Donation

  17. Mauricio December 2, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

    I am getting an Advanced Directive/Living will and I am wondering if i can put it in my medical Records at hospital so that if i were to be ill/accident they would know my wishes

  18. Ali December 7, 2013 at 1:32 am Reply

    Our family is having a difficult time with my great uncle’s sisters and brothers trying to get him from his home, into a nursing home. His health is not critical, but he does require care, in which we are giving and are looking into in-home care for him as well since he does live alone (and he has made it VERY clear that this is exactly what he wants) He doesn’t want anyone living with him, nor does he want to live in someone else’s home. He has my aunt and uncle living right next door to him for emergencies. These siblings have had very little to nothing to do with him over the past 20 years – my grandmother has helped him pay bills, take him to doctor appointments, and everything multiple times a week. Now they decide to try to step up and act like they are big and mighty.

    My grandma (his closest sister whom he’s done everything with his entire life) is struggling against her other siblings, wanting to put him in a nursing home. They are harassing and threatening her throughout each week about how she better have not taken him back home, and so many other things.

    He lived with my grandma for 4 months, and complained about wanting to go back home every single day he was there – having gained his sound mind back and having an acceleration of health, he decided he was going to walk down the road to hitch a ride, forcing my grandmother to pick him up and take him home. It almost felt as if we were holding him against his will, just to keep his other siblings away.

    They are anxious to get into his property and sale the home immediately after his death, for that was in their parents’ will – for it to be sold and split right after his death.

    He’s like any elderly person – he has his good days, he has his bad…but he has 4 family members on my side of the family that he means the world to, and his wishes were to never, ever end up in a nursing home, that he rather die before ending up in one – that he wants to die in his home.

    So, his other siblings are threatening that he will be back in a nursing home by Wednesday – there are some days his mind is not clear at all, and others it’s as clear as could be – I just worry he won’t be clear Wednesday and trust them to get in the car with them and go, and not understand what’s going on until it’s too late.

    We are planning on doing at advance directive of healthcare tomorrow with him – will this ensure if SOMEHOW they do get him into the nursing home, will this document give us the option to get him out to receive in-home care instead have he somehow not be able to make the decision to leave the facility, himself? That’s all I would like to know! Thank you!

    Thank you so much!
    He goes to his primary doctor regularly, at least two to three times per month, they do blood work regularly and test his urine regularly to. So, it’s not like he’s not getting care. We do everything we can for him. He actually told my grandmother this morning that he wanted to come back to her place, so I guess, for now, that settles it, and will get them off his and our backs again. Thanks!

  19. Lucile December 23, 2013 at 5:25 am Reply

    And should doctors take that risk upon themselves? Advance directives, DNRs, durable power of attorney and living wills are not exactly medical documents, but rather legal documents. And the laws regarding them differ by State. Should doctors be the ones to give this kind of advice? Or should someone see an attorney to discuss this area?

  20. Crysta January 11, 2014 at 5:22 am Reply

    My goal is to raise awareness of the importance of having an advanced directive to people in the hiv/aids population. I also plan to go around to different places in my community to help educate people on what they are, how you fill them out, and what exactly they mean. I am looking for some input from people and new ideas. Thank you.

  21. Cherilyn February 2, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

    Should a doctor be able to over-ride an advance directive to save a patients life when there is a good chance that the patient will recover and can resume living a normal life?

  22. Milo February 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Is it legal in California to have different Advance Directives on file at different places? For instance, could I have one directive on file at one facility (just stating that I do not want to receive any treatment there), and another more specific one at a different hospital?

    Thanks for the input!

  23. Margie February 6, 2014 at 3:07 am Reply

    I can’t afford a lawyer right now. Can you point me to where I can get a free form regarding a Health Care Directive to Physician (Living Will) for the state of Michigan ?

    Thanks for your help!

  24. Loni February 7, 2014 at 10:12 am Reply

    This is becoming more confusing. Stuart who answered my last post (thanks for trying to help!) said that a doctor could act against a directive if the facts didn’t line up. I just read a post from someone wanting to know if they can reject a respirator or feeding tube, and would it be followed. (This is obviously about the right to refuse life-saving treatment). The answer was: ABSOLUTELY; it is a legally binding document that has to be honored. A friend of mine tells me that an Advance Directive must be honored even if I could or would die as a result. Now if I was to specify in my Directive that for personal, spiritual or whatever reasons, I refuse any treatment where organs or parts of my body would be removed while I’m unconscious and unable to communicate, would it be followed? Refusing surgical treatment is no different than refusing a respirator or feeding tube; the outcome would be the same. I reserve the right to make such decisions for myself, even in an emergency, and want to be conscious before anything this radical is done to me. Is there a way to prepare a directive in such a fashion where a doctor has to respect it?

    Thanks for the input–
    I’d like to thank everybody who answered my question. I also wanted to ask senor snark what state he is in (I’m in California) and where he found the online examples he was speaking of. And yes, I think I will have an attorney redo the whole thing. Thanks again for helping.

  25. Glayds February 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Especially if the patient could recover and resume a normal life.

  26. Santos February 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm Reply

    Just wondering what the people think on here. Would you like to have everything done to save your life? And would this decision be the same if you were making it for a loved one?

  27. Stacy February 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm Reply

    If I were to have an advance directive and have my spouse established as my POA, could my spouse then override my wishes?

  28. Clara February 22, 2014 at 12:33 am Reply

    When I was admitted to a local hospital recently, the attending physician tried to coax me into having surgery for a benign condition that was unrelated to the symptoms that had brought me to the ER. I explained to him that I already had non-surgical treatment in progress at a different facility and therefore I would not have surgery. Later I found out from my visiting family that I could not go home because I had been scheduled for surgery that evening, even though I had clearly stated I did not want it. I had to get very assertive with the staff, while still hooked up to IV and feeling very debilitated, to get a discharge. The cause of the symptoms that had put me in the hospital was never determined.

    I was shocked, and ever since I’ve been concerned that, should I be taken to the hospital after an accident, for instance, they would again attempt to do this surgery against my wishes, especially if I was incapacitated. My insurance company suggested that I prepare an Advance Directive to protect myself. I was told this would let me specify treatments I do not want to receive, and even name doctors I don’t want involved in my care.

    When I picked up the forms at the hospital administration, they were different from the ones I had seen online.
    Are there different versions of Advance Directive in California, and are they equally valid? I’m starting to wonder if I’m wasting my time with this. How legally binding is such a document really, and are there ways for a physician to override it? Would it carry more weight if it was done by an attorney?

    Thanks for your help!

  29. Charline February 22, 2014 at 12:33 am Reply

    I want to draw up an advance directive for myself. My trouble is I don’t have a lot of money (not enough to keep a lawyer around) and I don’t trust my family. It would be entirely like them to try to make it disappear or just “forget” about it. I don’t want to be in a situation where something happens, my parents get called, and my directive just gets ignored. How do I prevent this?
    How do I list someone as an emergency contact? I travel a lot as part of work, so I often cannot guarantee where I’ll end up.

  30. Jaimee February 22, 2014 at 4:02 am Reply

    What might happen if a family or elderly person continually refuses to sign this sort of paperwork with a hospital and they keep getting hospitalized?

  31. Reynaldo February 22, 2014 at 7:07 am Reply

    If this person becomes terminally ill and does not want life-sustaining measures taken on them, like life support, what legal recourse can they use to ensure this?

  32. Alexa February 22, 2014 at 9:11 am Reply

    I need to write a paper about the assessment criteria used for determining brain death, and it leads me to discuss the subject of advance directives. Is an advance directive a form that people use to designate when they wish to stop receiving care? Does this mean that, in an advance directive, an individual can express the desire to not receive further care in the event that he or she has suffered some kind of cognitive impairment, even if their brain still functions in other ways? For example, if a person is in a car accident and thereafter suffers from a severe speech impediment and mental retardation but can still eat, walk, and perform other menial tasks, can an advance directive request that treatment be withheld in such an event?
    Also, what is the difference between an advance directive and euthanasia? It seems to me that refusing life-saving medical treatment is just as significant as actively taking life. Why can’t euthanasia be legalized?
    Can someone please explain to me, as clearly as possible, the parameters of the law as far as medical autonomy is concerned? In addition to my paper, I am genuinely intrigued by this topic and wish to know more. Thank you so much for your time!

    =)
    So is a doctor allowed to override a patient’s advance directive if it is evident that the patient still cannot communicate at the moment, but now has a chance of living, even if their instructions forbid it?

  33. Willie February 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm Reply

    Thank you!

  34. Albert February 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm Reply

    A person in need of life support may have suffered a serious traumatic injury, such as a car accident, a debilitating stroke or heart attack, or any number of vital organ failures. Some people feel very strongly against the use of life support and issue a do not resuscitate (DNR) order. Sometimes, life support is only necessary for a temporary period of time, but in some cases, such as when a person is in a coma, life support may be used for years.
    Too deep, too serious for most today – I suppose.

  35. Sonja February 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm Reply

    is this document given at hospital when person is admitted with end stage illness, or is it something to be obtained through attorney? Please give as much information as you can?

  36. Elvin March 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm Reply

    does anyone no if a law has been passed for advanced directive (living will) to make it a legal document.

  37. Holli March 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm Reply

    I prepared an Advance Directive in order to prevent doctors to act without my consent in an emergency situation. However, on a patient’s rights web site I read that a doctor can act without consent unless there’s “Durable Power of Attorney”. Could someone clarify that for me?

    Thanks for your help–

  38. Emmitt March 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

    I am studying nursing and have to debate this topic: Advanced health directives should be in place for all people over the age of 75. However, I am on the team against this topic. Which for me is unfortunate, because personally, i think theyre great! So because of my own personal feelings, im finding it hard to find anything ‘negative’ about having one?
    I was thinking along the lines of during an emergency it can be overlooked? Also, I was thinking of bringing up the point that yes, people over 75 can have one, but they dont HAVE to. it is a personal decision for everybody and it shouldnt be enforced on anyone.
    What do you think?
    thanks for your help

  39. Eleonor March 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

    If an elderly person has completed an AHD and stated that they do not wish to receive CPR or resuscitation in the event of another cardiac arrest, can the family members fight it? If family are there when she goes into arrest can they protest it or does the medical staff have to follow the ahd and not perform it?
    Very confused! Thanks
    In Queensland 🙂

  40. Lashaunda March 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm Reply

    help me pls. i only find benefits on having Living Wills and it sucks what are the negative effects or when it is unnecessarry…can you give me a link if you know any sources? or can you post your thoughts pls?

  41. Belia March 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm Reply

    Family or doctors?

  42. Eddie March 14, 2014 at 7:51 am Reply

    I’m reading Suze Orman’s article on Yahoo Finance, and she recommends that everyone have a will, a revocable living trust, an advanced directive and a durable power of attorney. I have none of the above. Is it possible to get these documents made online for free? Thanks.

  43. Yoshie March 25, 2014 at 4:18 am Reply

    A Medical record confidentiality
    B. Advanced directives
    C. Doctor-patient privilege
    D. Patient choice in managed care organizations

  44. Dimple April 2, 2014 at 1:56 am Reply

    I am a single mom. I know I may sound so paranoid but it bothers me every day, literally, that if something were to happen to me and I were to die or even just become unable to take care of my child on my own, such as becoming paralized, brain dead etc… what would happen to my kid? Would my family automatically get him if no legal father is on file? would he become property of state and auctioned off? I would like specific orders of who gets him and what I want done with my life insurance regarding him. would I use a living will? advance directive or just a will period? Let me know. Thanks folks!

  45. Karie April 27, 2014 at 1:05 am Reply

    Why do people sign Advance Medical Directives to tell their doctors not to use life-sustaining treatment to prolong their life?

  46. Sharolyn April 28, 2014 at 2:32 am Reply

    Does a person who is Jehovah witness has the legal right to make decisions for medical treatment on a catholic woman. Excluding blood transfusion.

  47. Alfred April 28, 2014 at 2:39 am Reply

    The health care reform bill has a provision which would pay doctors to do this.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090811/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_end_of_life_q_a

    Is this wise, considering the pressure doctors can put on patients and families to get what they want?

    I have seen how doctors would like to ignore the advance directives of patients. When there is a notarized advance directive in the patient’s file and the doctor doesn’t like it, he will whip out a form of his own which he will pressure the person holding the health care power of attorney to sign. I have experienced this.

  48. Darron May 8, 2014 at 10:18 am Reply

    I, *******(my name), of **** ***** ******* (home address), England, being of sound mind and over the age of 18 years, make this Advance Decision fully understanding the consequences of my action in doing so. I intend this Advance Decision to be read by my health care providers, family and friends as a true reflection of my wishes and instructions should I become incapacitated and unable to communicate such wishes and instructions.

    DEFINITIONS
    As used in this document:
    “Health care provider” means any person licensed, certified or otherwise authorised by law to administer health care in the ordinary course of business or practice of a profession.
    “Terminal condition” means a condition caused by injury, disease or illness from which there is no reasonable medical probability of recovery and which, without treatment, can be expected to cause death.
    “Persistently unconscious” means being in a profound state of unconsciousness caused by disease, injury, poison or other means from which there exists no reasonable expectation of regaining consciousness.
    “Severely and permanently mentally impaired” means being in a permanent and irreversible state of mental impairment in which there is:
    The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behaviour; and
    An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.
    “Life support” means any medical procedure, treatment or intervention which sustains, restores or supplants a spontaneous vital function. In this document the term does not include tube feeding or the provision of medication or the performance of a medical procedure when such medication or procedure is deemed necessary to provide comfort care or to alleviate pain.
    “Tube feeding” means the provision of nutrients or fluids by a tube inserted in a vein, under the skin in the subcutaneous tissues, or in the stomach (gastrointestinal tract).
    “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation” means restoration of heartbeat and breathing following cardiac arrest, using artificial respiration and external cardiac massage.
    “Comfort care” means treatment, including prescription medication, provided to the patient for the sole purpose of alleviating pain and discomfort.
    TREATMENT DIRECTIONS AND END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS
    I direct that my health care providers and others involved in my care provide, withhold or withdraw treatment in accordance with my directions below:
    If I have an incurable and irreversible terminal condition that will result in my death within a relatively short time, I direct that:
    I not be given life support or other life-prolonging treatment;
    I not receive tube feeding even if withholding such feeding would hasten my death;
    I not receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest; and
    Should I develop another separate condition that threatens my life, such other illness not be given active treatment unless it appears to be causing me undue suffering.

  49. Charlyn May 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm Reply

    I’ve been trying to find online examples of specific directives (like directives against tube feeding or surgical procedures), like ‘senor snark’ who answered my last post, suggested. I can’t seem to find anything. Could you point me in the right direction?

    Thanks so much–

  50. Denny May 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply

    Is an ‘advance directive’ still legal in Florida (we’re now Florida residents) if you received it in another state? (Maine). I just found 2 forms which we’d brought with us & haven’t been filled out & wondered if we use them, are they still legal….?

  51. Annetta May 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm Reply

    I’ve done research on Living Will and Advance Directive. From what I understand, my directives have to be followed even if I could or would die as a result.
    In reality, are these Advance Directives really honored in emergency situations, especially if it involves refusing treatment (if I specify that certain surgeries are not to be performed, for instance)?

    Thanks for your help–

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