What Happens if You Don’t Have a Living Will?

What Happens if You Don't Have a Living WillA living will is a legal document whereby a person specifies health care decisions that he or she would like to be carried outjust in case in the future he/she is unable to speak or make those decisions by themselves. In this document, the person is free to express themselves and address any issue regarding their medical condition and thereby be assured that they are in control over their treatment of health. A living will protectone’s right to treatment even in situations that they are incapacitated or mentally ill.

Therefore, it’s important for every adult to write a living will since failure to do so will leave health decisions about your life in the hands of other people. Since a living will describes precisely how an individual is to be treated, in situations of medical intervention, then your wishes and desires may not follow to the letter if there nothing legal to show want you wanted.

A living will takes care of what might happen in the future or across the entire span of a person’s life. So whether someone is healthy, suffering from acute, chronic or terminal illness, this is something to think about, since it helps relieve unnecessary suffering, and also it improves the quality of life.In addition, it provides abetter understanding to the doctors on the challenges that the person and his/her caregivers are facing and thereby helping them to carry and conduct their work with a sense of ease. This is because when someone is making a will, he/ she incorporates the family members and actively makes level-headed decisions together, while putting into consideration the person’s values. This then prevents unexpected reactions to thesudden change of events. If there is no will in place, loved ones or the doctors may make decisions out of emotions that might have adverse side effects later due to tension or lack of composure.

Lack of a will also may lead to someone receiving aggressive treatment that could have been avoided if a written will was there. Different people have different needs and preferences. What you like is entirely different from what someone else likes. The same case applies to end-of-life decisions, how a person wants to be treated in their final days when they are not able to speak for themselves also varies. Some may want to continue with aggressive treatment untiltime of death, while others may want to endure the side effects that comes with various drugs and hospitalization with hopes that they will get better or live a bit much longer. Some value their dignity and prefer not to die while suffering and others stillprefer to stay in thecomfort of their homes under control pain relief.

The most important thing to remember is that the living will be updated depending on the situations or as circumstances change.In a living will,a person clarifies the kind of treatment that they want or do not want in a relatively accurate manner.

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