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March 29, 2005

Additional Living Will Links

The Best Way to Keep Control Is to Leave Instructions [NYT] [Bugmenot] Possibly the most interesting aspect of this article are the remarks from the attorney who worked on the Nancy Cruzan case:

[William] Colby, the lawyer in Ms. Cruzan's case, has no living will. Instead, he has a health care power of attorney.

"I think the clearest statement you can make in writing is the statement of who you want to decide," he said. "The gold standard is to arm that person with what your views and values are."

But if he were to become irreversibly brain-damaged, he said, "I don't have a great desire to control what happens to me then." More important would be his family's peace of mind. "I would just want them to feel they're making the best decisions they can make," he said, "with the least amount of guilt."

This article also mentions several sites that offer living will forms, some of which I've mentioned before, having come across them in other articles. Here are the ones mentioned:

Aging With Dignity - (www.agingwithdignity.org or 888-594-7437) "A nonprofit group that provides the documents for $5."

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - (www.nhpco.org/ or 703-837-1500) Free, state-specific documents are available for download. I explored this site. They ask for your name and email address and you can choose whether or not to be added to their mailing list. Then you're directed to a series of links so you can select the state document you're interested in.

The Medical Directive
"A Web site for a nonprofit group, www.medicaldirective.org, offers documents for $15 along with detailed work sheets describing possible medical situations for patients and families to consider."

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