If you want your wishes followed you must be preemptive.
Appoint a health care proxy or agent and then discuss with them your directives and wishes. Communicate that to all family members/friends.
- Tell family members who you think may disagree with your wishes, why you have made this decision and who will be making decisions if you cannot.
- Make a living will. Send copies of any documents, files, wills or wishes to your physician, lawyer, and Health Care Proxy for your file.
An important part of getting your end of life issues carried out is to let your family/friends know what you expect from them even if it means they play a secondary role to your proxy or health care agent.