Advance directives/living will....observations

Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by Jay, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Jay

    Jay Active Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    IF..... IF you have an advance directive, or living will, I feel the need to make this observation..... an advance directive or living will by themselves is not enough........

    My current line of work involves living wills, and advance directives....... and the patients to whom they apply. Time after time I have seen these documents overturned by family members at the last minute. We have patients that have been "brought back many times, and are left to simply exist, rather than regain any mental function.

    Nobody looks forward to seeing a loved one die. However, too many times, grief will cause a power of attorney to overturn or recind an advance directive. Have you ever seen the look on a person's face that begs you let him die, after having been revived? Not nice.

    Simple solution........ after you fill out your advance directives, generate one more document........

    A written contract for anyone mentioned in your advance directives, and anyone who would ever have anything to say about treatment, if you could not function, PREVENTING any attempt to overturn, or alter your original advance directive.

    I have such a contract signed by those close to me, and they did NOT want to sign it. I finally was able to convince them that my intent is to remove any guilt, or decision-making from them, and leave it where it belongs...... on my shoulders.

    When it's my time....... see y'all......... :eek:

    Not meant to be an editorial..... just an option.

    Semper Fi
  2. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Not meant to be an editorial..... just an option.

    Jay, You echoed my thoughts to a "T". Thanks for the information and tomorrow I will be making that change. Like many others I am sure , I have lived a lot longer than I would have wagered in the earlier part of my life, now that I am over 21 (several times) I dang sure don't want to die a vegetable.To me that just drains my loved ones pocket books and feeds some doctor or lawyer. Thanks again. catfish
  3. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    Good info. Thanks
    Sad that we need it. :(
  4. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida
    Death. Wills. Vegetative states. Pelosi in Damascus. Now I'm really depressed.
  5. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Bay Point, Kali..aka Gun Point
    :) Cheer up Pat. Maybe Nancy will get lost on the way home...

    Good advice, though.

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