Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Death Panel

Post by David Held

Everyone knows that planning estate is a tremendous task that most people do not want to do. No one wants to plan his/her death, but it has to be done! Planning is not only done with your family, but physicians and lawyers, as well. Planning an estate does not only have to only be about distributing belongings, it also has to do with how you are treated when you are in the last stages of life. Do you want a do not resuscitate clause, meaning if you flat line in the hospital or anywhere you are getting treated you do not want them to bring you back to life(no paddles/electric shock to the heart).

Bill Thomas, M.D. of Ithaca, N.Y. says, “The entire point of doing this planning is thoughtful communication with a physician and creating some documents that can guide your care…It’s so you decide.” As I stated before not many people want to have this conversation, but it is completely necessary! This should definitely be done if you are diagnosed with a terminal disease, but it should be done in your 20’s. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your life.

All of this should be included in your living will. “A living will is a document that tells doctors and medical professionals your wishes regarding life-and-death decisions such as whether to accept or refuse life-prolonging treatment after a critical accident. You should complete documents recognized by your state.”

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