Directive to Physicians (Living Will)

The discussion regarding how long and to what extent we use medical technology to artificially prolong our life is a difficult one and answers to these questions can be highly personal and strongly held. Unfortunately, for most of us, we delay this decision-making until such a time when we are incapacitated and unable to communicate our wishes with our doctor and family.  A directive to physician, otherwise known as a living will, is an opportunity to make your position known in advance.  Absent this essential document, this decision may be left to a medical power of attorney, guardian, or even the courts, and it has the very real potential to tear families apart at a time when togetherness is most important.