A living will is another name for an advanced health care directive. If
you are in a state of permanent unconsciousness or irreversible coma and
your death will occur whether or not life sustaining procedures are undertaken,
then this document is your direction to the physician- and your family-
to keep you comfortable but to allow nature to take its course.
The living will is your gift to your family or loved ones in that they
do not have to make that decision for you- you already have made it for
them. It takes the stress of that final decision away from someone who
would otherwise have to make it. You can also specify if you wish to make
anatomical gifts in your living will. If you do not write your wishes,
then they may not be followed if they are not known to your doctor or
your family. And you can always update or change your living will if you
wish. Take some time and discuss your living will with your attorney.