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A Living Will, sometimes referred to as an “advance health care directive”, is a legal document which specifies your decisions and instructions regarding what actions should be taken in various health care situation in the event that you are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.
A Living Will most commonly address medical choices regarding life support situations, resuscitation choices in the event your heart stops beating or vital signs flat-line, and medical choices which you may be unable to make in the event you are incapacitated, non-responsive, unconscious, or mentally unable to make such choices for yourself.
Having a living will may often take the burden off your family and loved ones shoulders of making difficult medical and healthcare decisions which may potentially go against your what you may have wanted in a critical health situation. A living will may also minimize or eliminate family arguments and long standing family divisions over what each family member believes you would have wanted in a given healthcare or medical situation.
As simple as drafting a living will may seem, all too often families are left making critical medical choices which have the potential to haunt a family for years to come. We urge you to be prepared for the difficult decisions which you know will one day arise, as well as for situations which are unknown. Being prepared and having a living will is another way to tell your family you love them; taking the burden of these difficult decisions off their shoulders.