17. End-of-Life Issues

“Death and taxes and childbirth!There’s never any convenient time for any of them!”

—Margaret Mitchell

Although there certainly does not appear to be a convenient time for death, a terminal illness may be an appropriate time for a person to make important decisions regarding various end-of-life issues.

Health Care Proxy

It is important to make sure that your Health Care Proxy or Advance Care Directive is in order and that it reflects your wishes as to medical care you wish and do not wish to receive. However, too much specificity in a Health Care Proxy can unfortunately serve to complicate your situation in the event of unforeseen circumstances that do not neatly fit into your wishes as expressed in your Health Care Proxy. ...

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