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How To Talk With Family About Your Wishes In Case You Become Incapacitated And Can't Speak For Yourself

Why Should I Discuss My Thoughts About Incapacitation Or End-Of-Life With My Family?

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  • In reality, it's up to your family whether to fight or support wishes you express in a Living Will and other advance directives. A discussion will help bring them on board. The documents under discussion go a long way to avoiding the awful situations you read about or see on television where a patient's loved ones are torn about what to do, where they fight with each other, where they even drag the matter into court and where precious finances are used up while the patient is being made to live in a manner he or she didn't want.
  • Explaining your thoughts and decisions helps you clarify and confirm your wishes.
  • A discussion provides the opportunity to receive feedback that may cause you to reconsider some of your choices.
  • You can use the discussion as an opportunity to find out what the people you're closest to want if they become incapacitated and can't speak for themselves. The information will help reduce stress if you have to make decisions for people you love if it should come to that.

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