Living Wills are also known as Advance Decisions and are effectively statements of intent as to how you want to be treated when it comes to life sustaining decisions.
Here is a link to today’s BBC real story that rather hammers home the point. The point being if you want some control over how you die write a Living Will, and it doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80, it still applies to you.
What’s more you don’t need to pay us to do it for you. The charity Compassion in Dying has an excellent website that allows you to complete an Advance Decision free of charge. Here is the link…
Of course, it is not for everyone. Some of you may not want to make any Living Will. That’s fine.
So how does someone know you have an Advance Decision in place?
You should supply your GP with a copy and they have a system that would log it and call it up if required. Even better, carry an Advance Decision card in your wallet with your credit cards. This can be printed out from the Compassion in Dying website.
Another tip is to regularly re-sign the Advance Decision, this shows that you are reaffirming your decision and commitment to it.