End-of-Life Choices Shoud Be Clearly Mapped – NYTimes.com

A good piece on end-of-life choices and advance directives. As always, some specialized services emerge to fill the gap and help with these choices and expressions.

Good quote that summarize the need for these to focus on principles and values, as the specific situations cannot be predicted and mapped out in detail:

Judge Laws writes in the directive he is preparing, “After family, I value clarity of mind and the capacity to make decisions. To live well is to continue to possess the ability to converse, to read, to retain what I learn and to coherently reflect and understand. I do not want my life prolonged if I undergo a marked lessening of my cognitive powers.”

Judge Laws also does not want “to live with severe, distracting pain.”

His directive will request that any treatment he receive be compatible with those goals. He also writes that he expects his sons and his wife to support his decisions even if they disagree with them and not to let any quarrels over his care cause a rift in the family.

End-of-Life Choices Shoud Be Clearly Mapped – NYTimes.com.

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