In the chance that you become incapacitated, a living will gives your loved ones peace of mind. For example, if someone were to fall into a coma that required life support, it’s safe to say that it would be the hardest decision of a person’s life to decide to keep that person on or pull them off of life support. However, with a living will, you can predetermine what medical decisions you feel is best. This document removes the guesswork of a spouse, family friend, or dear friend trying to determine what you would want. Allow us to elaborate more on the benefits of a living will and what to include in it.
A Living Will and Its Significance
A living will gives your doctors guidance and provides clarity and closure for your loved ones. In addition, it ensures that there isn’t any family conflict or disagreements. When a loved one becomes gravely ill, emotional trauma is a result of this. Therefore, it’s practical to take some stress away from the ones you hold near and dear to your heart.
Another benefit of having a living will is that you still have control over what happens to you. Most people would say that they want to choose how they live and pass on their terms. Shockingly, a low percentage of Americans have a living will, and many haven’t even thought about it. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to take a chance on what happens to you, a living will is an invaluable tool that will help you and your family prepare for the future.
What to Include
- A standard direction that makes it clear if you want to stay on or off of life support
- Clear and specific rules about treatment you’d like to receive or not receive (dialysis, mechanical ventilation to help with breathing, nutrition, CPR, etc.)
- Instructions on if you want to be an organ donor or donate your body to science
- Directions regarding if you’d like to pass away at home or hospice
- A statement that lets doctors and your loved ones know if you’d like to avoid or partake in invasive tests or procedures.
- Religious or spiritual considerations
The Final Point
If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that life is unexpected. It’s best not to wait until you’ve come down with an illness to call us about legalizing a living will. While you’re in excellent health, it’s best to create a living will. As time goes on, you can always revise it.
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