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Judith Proctor ([personal profile] watervole) wrote2017-06-25 05:31 pm

Living Will

 I tend to post something on this subject every couple of years, simply so that if the question ever arises, my wishes are on record and can be shown to be consistently held over time.

If I am ever in a situation where I am suffering a  terminal illness, then please respect my request if I ask to be allowed to die.  I am well aware that if I am ever in a situation where I'm in bed for more than a couple of days, my neck/back/shoulder pain will kick in and my quality of life will be greatly reduced with no hope of improvement.

If I enter a terminal coma, please switch off the machines and allow someone else to have the hospital bed!  (Or simply give me a lethal injection to speed up the process)

If I ever suffer from dementia and reach a point where I can no longer recognise my family, then please help me by finding a way to end my life.  I would not wish to continue living under such circumstances.

I wish to continue living as long as I enjoy life.  If my quality of life has gone, do not waste time/money/emotional energy trying to prolong the process.
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[personal profile] espresso_addict 2017-06-25 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
If I ever suffer from dementia and reach a point where I can no longer recognise my family, then please help me by finding a way to end my life.

In my experience this is impossible to implement in practice, at least in the UK without being prosecuted.
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[personal profile] espresso_addict 2017-06-26 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I expressed my mother's verbally expressed wishes to her GP & the nursing home staff but was roundly told that it was illegal even to discuss the matter seriously.
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[personal profile] lexin 2017-06-26 10:54 am (UTC)(link)
I feel the same way.
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[personal profile] igenlode 2017-06-26 06:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I know a lot of people feel this way... but what haunts me is that when it comes to it, you might end up feeling differently and be in no position to do anything about it. (I know that where euthanasia is legal, a lot of people apparently apply for the option and don't actually use it: the psychological comfort of knowing that you can kill yourself if you want to seems to override the urgency of the desire to do so).