I want to write about the importance of having a Living Will (or an Advance Directive or Advance decision to refuse treatment (ADRT)).
This is a good idea and in my opinion, essential. It gives you a voice. It lets your healthcare team know your last wishes to refuse treatment when you are not able to communicate them.
So when your nearest and dearest are wavering, trying to make the right decisions on your behalf, not really knowing what is best, then you will be heard – loud and clear and there will be no doubt what you want.
On a personal note, when I found Mum’s Living Will, suddenly I could hear her voice and understand what she really wants, now, today because we are at that point. I needed that. I was wavering, not knowing what was best. I had bought the Living Will for Mum a few years’ back when were were talking on our morning phone call. She had then made the effort to get it signed by her doctor and was adamant these were her last wishes.
When I get home, I am going to write my Living Will. It is very important to me, I realise this.
Yes, it is legally binding in England and Wales, though not Scotland but I hope my nearest and dearest will do the right thing when they read it and they will hear my voice.