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Tuesday
Apr052005

Make Your Wishes Known

In the last six days, there have been two very public passings, Pope John Paul II and Terri Schiavo. The Pope had made his end of life care wishes known consistent with his faith. Terri Schiavo did not.

These events have caused many to consider what they may want if they are in a similar situation.

Maybe you have had to make decisions like this for someone you love. If so, you know that written instructions can be one last gift from you to those who you will leave behind.

As a service to our clients and our friends, we will give you Advance Directives you can use to (1) designate the person you want to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so and (2) give instructions to your health care providers on the type of care you desire (life support, tube feeding, etc. . .).

These may be the last things in the world you may want to think about or these issues may be weighing on your mind after recent newscasts. In either event, send a reply to this LegalBrief asking for the Advance Directives and we will send the document to you.

Please note that these Advance Directives are consistent with Oregon Law. LegalBrief subscribers in other states should talk to local attorneys, hospitals or state health departments for a similar document that complies with the laws of your state.

I have seen the comfort these Advance Directives can bring to family members who are required to make end of life decisions. I have also seen the conflict and even guilt that can occur when there is doubt.

Do what you need to do – talk to your spouse, talk to your minister, talk to your physician, talk to your family, pray and reflect – but complete the Advance Directives as a gift to your family.

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