You Control What Medical Treatment You Receive
In your living will, you state your preferences for heroic, life-sustaining measures in case you are in a permanent vegetative state and your medical providers agree that there is no reasonable hope of recovery. For example, you may specify whether you want feeding tubes administered if their only effect would be to artificially extend your life. Without a living will in place, your loved ones would have to guess about what your preferences are, which can put them in a difficult position.
With a living will, you control what medical treatment you receive.
You Ease the Burden on Family
As discussed above, without a living will your family would have to guess about what life-prolonging procedures you would want because, since you are incapacitated, you can't communicate your own wishes. Your living will also specifies whether you want your directions to be mandatory or guidance. If your directions are mandatory, your agent has less flexibility in determining your care (they have to do exactly what you say), but it removes potential guilt associated with any particular decision by your agent. If your directions are guidance, your agent has more flexibility, but they may also struggle more with any potential decision. Either option is better than not having a living will at all, which can leave your family guessing at what is already a difficult time.
With a living will, you ease the burden on family.
You Minimize Uncertainty
Your living will also names an agent and acts as a medical power of attorney. This eliminates confusion about who has final say in your medical care. Family members often have difficulty coming to unanimous decisions about care when a loved one is seriously injured or sick and in an irreversible vegetative state. Naming an agent in your medical power of attorney gives that person the authority to act using their best judgment and in accordance with your wishes as set forth in your living will and medical power of attorney.
With a living will, you minimize uncertainty.
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