A legal document which governs the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from an individual in the event of an incurable or irreversible condition that will cause death within relatively short period of time, and when the person is no longer able to make decisions regarding his or her medical treatment.
The expansions in modern medicine have greatly extended our life expectancies, but as we are all to painfully aware extending an individuals life does not always add to the quality of the life, and in many cases lowers it. Once you have signed this document you have made your decision in advance as to when life-sustaining treatment should be withheld or withdrawn. Preparing your directive in the form of a living will allows you to make the choice on how you wish your physicians to proceed in the future with extraordinary life prolonging measures. Not having a living will may cause your loved ones to have to deal with the pressure of making the decisions regarding your proper medical treatment, only adding to their already stressful environment.
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