The sad case of Terri Schiavo has brought the necessity of having an advanced directive into national focus. And yet, some people …
Our daily newspaper, The Oregonian, published what has got to be one of the stoopidest head-in-the-sand letters ever on any topic.
“Clueless Idiot” (I’ll not use his real name) writes that he is resisting the pressure to fill out an advanced directive stating his desires for end-of-life care. He resents living in a system where he must write a letter in the event of hopeless brain damage; he can’t imagine a quality life filled with thoughts of his own death.
I don’t suppose C.I. has automobile insurance, life insurance, property insurance, health insurance or a will. Because those all provide for the unfortunate things that happen in life. And we certainly don’t want to have to think about the unfortunate things that might happen and be prepared for them.
I’m going to put in a plug here for a client of mine: Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO), in addition to providing hysteria-free factual information on suicide for the terminally ill, offers an Advanced Directive Form, available in printed form and as a PDF.
This Advanced Directive Form, while not a legally binding document, is a comprehensive form in which you can specify your preferences for end-of-life care in the event that you become unable to express them at the time. That applies whether you want the plug pulled at the first sign of unconsciousness, or if you want any and all life-extending measures applied in any circumstance. Let your loved ones know what you want now, before you become unable to speak for yourself. Don’t put your family through the heartbreak of having to guess at what you might have wanted.