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A living will is where you designate what you want to happen in case you are in certain situations that could mean living beyond what you would want to. For example, you could state that if you were in a permanent vegetative state you would not want to live. There are many options for this so you will need to make the choices that are right for you. Thought should be given to the person you are selecting as some people due to religious reasons might not be able to follow through with your choices. Whomever you choose should be consulted prior to this decision and have a complete understanding of what your wishes would be in any situation. The person that you designate would not actually physically do anything to end life but would be able to give the document to the medical personnel.
Both medical power of attorney and the living will should be given to your medical team. We gave a copy to mom’s doctors and the hospital. When we moved her here, we than gave copies to her new medical team including the local hospital. If there becomes a nursing home involved, they will want one too.
Living wills are a very serious decision and should be given a great deal of thought. Do not rush into a decision and do not assume just because you are younger that you do not need one.