Living wills- sometimes called health care directives- are for adults of all ages, not just the elderly.
Some of the most famous court cases about the right to die have involved those in their 20s.
There are good reasons to write down your wishes about end-of-life medical care:
- You might be too sick to express yourself when the time comes
- Your family might disagree about what to do, which leaves doctors in a tough spot and more likely to keep you on life support
- You can help your family with the really tough decision of whether or not to take you off life support
- Living wills often include legal protection for doctors and hospitals, so they don’t get sued for honoring your request
- Different states have different rules for what living wills should cover, but they all allow you to decline aggressive life support if you’re close to death, without affecting your right to get pain medicine or other “comfort care.”
Nor is refusing medical treatment considered suicide; it’s not illegal or immoral to let nature take its course.
You definitely need a will if you have children.
Even if you don’t have children, you probably need a will
Stephen Tumaini Mduma
Chief Executive Officer
SEMKO CONSULTANTS LTD
P.O.BOX 12027, Dar es Salaam. Tanzania
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