A living will is a document that states your wishes in writing about medical treatment in the event of a terminal illness.
By utilizing a living will, you can make decisions about life support and provide explicit instructions about prolonging life through medical procedures and/or life support measures (such as artificial breathing, intravenous fluids or feeding tubes).
A living will takes effect when the patient becomes incapacitated and can no longer express their wishes. Although it is called a will, it is more like a power of attorney and your physicians or medical professionals will be directed to follow your instructions.
Many people feel strongly that sustaining life through artificial measures prolongs suffering and alters the natural dying process.
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