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End Of Life

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It may be painful to think about, but it is inevitable that at some point we all die. Modern medicine may prolong life, but has not yet been able to overcome death. However, just as you have control over how you live, you also have the ability to control the end stage.

As a practical matter, it is your choice how to spend your last days.

Now is the time to decide what you would want to happen, at least to the extent of what you want to happen if you become unable to speak for yourself. A health condition tends to narrow our focus to what could happen due to the disease. In the meantime, any of us could get hit by the preverbial bus.

The way to keep control is by executing documents known as Advance Directives. The most important one is a Healthcare Power of Attorney which appoints a person to speak for you if you are unable to - and to enforce your wishes. A Living Will puts your wishes in writing to back up the Proxy if necesary.  A DNR is a document which asks that you not be brought back if your heart stops beating or your lungs stop working.

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