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