Handbook for Mortals : Questions and Answers About Advance Directives : All of this is sort of depressing, isnít it?

Most of us would agree that we donít enjoy making decisions about dying. Yet, doing so allows you to feel more confident that you will have some control over how you live, even when very sick. Your loved ones will also feel more secure because they know what you want. Think through your choices for treatment at the end of life, then give this gift to your family. Donít force others to guess about your wishes when they are facing an emergency.

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Handbook for Mortals book cover Copyright © 1999, 2006 by Joanne Lynn. This extract from the Handbook for Mortals by Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D. is used with permission. To learn more about improving care at the end of life visit the main web site for Americans for Better Care of the Dying.
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