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3 reasons you need a living will

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Firm News

Imagine being in a situation where you suddenly become incapable of communicating your healthcare wishes due to a medical condition. For most people, this scenario is hard to fathom, but it is a reality that many face.  

This is where advanced healthcare directives or living wills can come into play. Here are some reasons why you should consider creating a living will 

Advocate for your healthcare decisions   

A living will allows individuals to make critical end-of-life healthcare decisions while still competent.  

When you can no longer communicate your preferences, this document can be vital to ensure your healthcare providers honor your wishes, especially regarding invasive procedures and life-sustaining treatments. 

Ease the decision-making process for your loved ones  

Without clear directives, your family may find themselves making tough decisions regarding your medical care, pondering whether you would have agreed to a specific treatment. 

By leaving a testament to your healthcare preferences in a living will, you can spare your loved ones from the stress of guessing and potentially disagreeing about your healthcare options, allowing them to support each other through this challenging time.  

 Avoid unnecessary suffering  

For some people, the idea of being kept alive by machines without a guarantee of recovery is not appealing. Through a living will, you can specify your wishes, particularly regarding the extent of medical intervention you are willing to receive. This allows you to avoid prolonged suffering and ensure that you spend your final days according to your wishes.  

Taking the time to prepare a living will means taking a stand to protect your rights and personal wishes, even in end-of-life medical crises. This declaration can also be a profound opportunity to show your loved ones that you care while offering peace of mind and relieving them of the heavy burden of making medical decisions.