Planning for the end of your life is your way of expressing your wishes in the event that you are unable to express them at the end of your life. No one is forcing you to create end of life documents. They are your way of taking the decision-making burden off your loved ones. The end of life documents we help you create are legal and binding, but most of all, they are your voice at a time when you are still alive but cannot say what you desire.
Your living will is only used if you are facing the end of your life and unable to make health care wishes on your own. It may come into effect if you had an accident and are permanently unconscious. It may also come into effect if you are terminally ill. It is a legal document, and it tells your doctor and loved ones which types of health care you do or do not want.
A living will is not your last will and testament, which is a legal document that comes into effect after you have died.
A durable power of attorney is for health care document is a type of advance directive that names a certain person to make your health care decisions for you when you can no longer make them yourself. It’s important to let this person know your wishes concerning the end of your life, so he or she understands what you want.
If your heart stops beating while you’re at the hospital, the hospital staff will try to restart your heart unless you have a DNR order in place.
My Living Wishes is your source for help when you want to create any of these end of life documents. We will help you fill out your state’s requirements and distribute the documents to the right places. We can get you started with your end of life planning today.