Questions this book answers...
- What steps can you take now so that your family can avoid going to court in the future?
- How can you increase the chance that others will honor your end-of-life Last Wishes?
- What precise wording in your Advance Directive will effectively empower your Proxies so they can overcome future challenges to honor your Last Wishes?
- What kind of assessment can determine if patients recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are still mentally capable of creating their Advance Directives?
- How can you ascertain if patients with severe brain damage are aware of their surroundings, and if they still want treatment to keep them alive?
- If a conflict arises between your previously written directives in your Living Will and what your Proxy currently decides for your end-of-life medical treatment, which usually prevails? —And should it?
- Are you aware that doctors’ behavior can make family members and Proxies feel more or less guilty when the doctor ask them to make challenging end-of-life decisions?
- Where can you turn if you cannot identify a potential Proxy who is assertive and articulate, has knowledge of both the healthcare and legal systems, and whom you can trust to advocate your Last Wishes?
- Is Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid a way to let Nature take its course, or is it a legal way to hasten the process of dying? —Or both?
- Is Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid moral and consistent with your, or your family’s religious beliefs?
- How can Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid be distinguished from Terminal Sedation, physician-assisted suicide, self-deliverance, and euthanasia?
- Is Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid comfortable for patients and peaceful for their families?
- Can Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid reduce years of suffering or total dependency and indignity for patients with no, or almost no awareness? —Should it?
- For what types of patients is Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid NOT the BEST end-of-life choice?
- How can you put together all of the strategies in this book for a comprehensive plan and revise it as necessary, as you age and mature, and as your situation changes?