Unfortunately, the fear and anxiety surrounding death and dying prevent many baby boomers and their aging parents from planning for the next phase in their lives. We know this to be the reality of todayís generation, as research shows Americans are more likely to talk to their children about safe sex and drugs than to talk to their parents about end-of-life decisions.
With the passing of approximately 2.4 million Americans each year it is critical that we share thoughtful, sincere and candid conversations about the kinds of end-of-life experiences we want for ourselves and our loved ones as the inevitable draws close. Too often these vital conversations are avoided out of an earnest desire to spare each otherís feelings. While most understand the pain and discomfort associated with discussing these matters, advanced planning need not be sacrificed.
Communicate Your Wishes.
Experts agree that you should not let another day go by without communicating your wishes about your end-of-life preferences. Let your loved ones know now what your decisions for treatment would be if you were confronting a terminal illness and were unable to effectively communicate.
By communicating your preferences, you can guarantee the quality of life that is important to you, thereby sparing your family from having to "guess" your wishes. By considering your options early, you keep others from making medical care decisions for you under the stress of an emotionally difficult time.
Your Legal Right to an Advance Health Care Directive!
Under California state law, you have the legal right to express your health care preferences and to have them carried out in situations when you are unable to make these decisions yourself. An "Advance Health Care Directive" is a written legal document, usually prepared by an attorney, that lets your physician, family and friends know the health care preferences that you want carried out in the event of a medical situation. For example, if you ever become terminally ill, you may want to indicate the types of medical treatment you want or don't want at the end of life, your desire for surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation or organ donation.
By preparing an Advance Health Care Directive, you avoid the uncertainty and anxiety that occurs when loved ones are unsure of what you may have wanted at the end of your life. Instead, a properly drafted Advance Health Care Directive allows you to make an educated decision with the support and feedback of loved ones. To learn more about the end-of-life options available, please call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a LivingTree attorney.