Nobody gets off this planet alive. Dying is part of living but we rarely think about death, especially our own, until or unless we have to.
This guide is designed to do just that: to encourage you to think deeply about what you do and don’t want for yourself if worse comes to worst, and to help you put your affairs in order to increase the likelihood of achieving the death you choose, rather than leaving it all to chance. Thinking things through when you are calm, able to research the issues and able to tell the relevant people what you want, is much better than making decisions in a crisis.
When thinking about dying, it’s easy to forget that you may be in a situation where you are unable to speak for yourself, unable to communicate what you do and don’t want – for example, after a head injury, stroke or heart attack – or you may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other health issues that could alter your quality of life.
An Advance Directive (AD) is literally specifying what you do and don’t want, written down, witnessed and signed. Your Agent is the person you have chosen to speak for you if and when necessary. Someone who knows and understands you and is prepared to argue for what you want.
Your completed Advance Directive acts as an important guide for your Agent who will communicate your choices. This is extremely helpful for the medical team who may not be familiar with your case, but want to provide the best care possible. It is also very helpful for your family members who otherwise may not agree with one another as to the best course of action.
This document is designed to help you through the process of creating your own AD. A form is included, plus some suggestions to help you choose your Agent and to provide advice for them.
Knowing that you have done everything you can to make sure you die the way you choose, there will be considerable peace of mind for you and those who care about you.
Fill out your Advance Directive while you can. Don’t leave it to chance.
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