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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Getting Perspective on the Schiavo Ordeal

Great write up from Robert Friedman at the St. Petersburg Times.

I'm down -- I'm having my attorney write this up for living will verbatim.


Blogger BelowTheCrowd said...

Jokes aside, a health care proxy and durable power of attorney are more important in most cases than a living will. The latter merely states your wishes. The former designate the individual or individuals who are specifically charged with carrying out your requests, thus making it virtually impossible for anybody to challenge that person's judgement.

When my father was in a coma, there was never any doubt that my mother ALONE was the one who could make the decisions. (Not that there was any disagreement among us.) If my mother were to find herself in a similar situation, the decision will be left to myself and my brother, with my aunt as "tie breaker" only if the two of us cannot agree. My brother and I each designated each other.

This is critical, because no living will can possibly consider all situations, and ultimately somebody is going to have to make a judgement call based on what you wrote and what they knew of you. You don't want to have any doubts about who that person is.

4/07/2005 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Thanks for this, BTC.

4/07/2005 04:42:00 PM  

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