16: Do you endorse more active means
ending your life? Do you believe you have a right to die?
death? Merciful death?
Ending tube-feeding is a passive means of ending life.
is justified by your right to refuse medical treatment.
if your medical ethics are more liberal,
might find it reasonable to authorize more active means
bringing your life to an end once it has been determined
your meaningful days of living are over.
After the feeding tubes have been removed,
body could continue to function on its own for a week or two.
you might ask your proxies to authorize some other means
will bring your life to a painless and peaceful end
sooner than would happen by natural means.
could include increasing your pain medication.
YOUR LAST YEAR: CREATING YOUR ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FOR MEDICAL CARE
If you are capable of authorizing an active ending of your life,
it would be called an assisted voluntary death.
might have to provide you with the means to end your life,
it would still be basically your own decision,
as the result of your free choice.
If you are no longer conscious and capable of authorizing your death,
it would be called a merciful death,
this case authorized in advance by you in your 'living will'.
proxies would take the legal and moral responsibility
carrying out your wish to end your life by the best means.
If you want to donate your body to medical science or education
Question 21 below), this plan should be coordinated with
time, place, & means of your death.
Merciful death might not yet be an accepted practice
you create your Advance Directive.
if it seems a reasonable way for you to end your life,
should request it in your 'living will'
hope that the laws and practices will be changed
the time you are ready for a merciful death.
merciful death is still illegal at the end of your life,
proxies will have to use passive means
as withdrawing all life-supports and all medical treatments—
bring your life to a close.
After a few more decades and a few more million people
been put thru the standard process of dying
might increasingly seem meaningless, prolonged, & expensive)
of the general public will see the wisdom of a quicker death.
they will persuade their legislators to make the needed changes
facilitate the rational ending of a life that is already over.
But an Advance Directive can also request a different death,
that keeps you attached to life-support systems,
artificial means of supplying food and water,
your body gives out despite these means of support.
You decide how you want your life to end.
your choice with your proxies before you choose
final formulation for this part of your Advance Directive.
proxies should be willing and able to carry out your wishes.
they are not, you need to change either your instructions or your
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Year: Creating Your Own Advance Directive for Medical Care.
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