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Questions & Answers: Advance Directives and End of Life Decisions

Why bother with advance directives if I want my family to make the necessary decisions for me? continued...

Even in states that do permit family decision-making, you should still prepare advance directives for three reasons:

  • You can name the person with whom you are most comfortable (this person does not need to be a family member) to make sure your wishes are honored.
  • Your advance directives will make your decisions known.
  • It can help to resolve any conflict among family members.

Even families sometimes are reluctant to make decisions without knowledge of a person's wishes.

Over the years we have heard many families express thankfulness that their loved ones prepared advance directives and talked about the decisions written in them. Such preparation spares families the anguish of trying to guess what to do when they already are dealing with the pain of the illness and loss of a loved one.

WebMD Medical Reference from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


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