Living Wills or Advanced Medical Directives
Instructions for When You're Terminally Ill or in a Persistent Vegetative State
Advanced Medical Directives
Advanced Medical Directives (AMD) or Living Wills are documents which cover the situation where you become terminally ill with no chance of recovery. This document gives direction to your medical team as to what healthcare treatments you would like to have or refuse.
Essentially, it "talks" for you when you are no longer able to express your own wishes. This document clearly states whether you prefer your doctors to take any and all measures to keep you going or to let you go naturally without being kept alive artificially.
This document is particularly relevant in some countries where your medical team would not follow next of kin wishes. Either way, you should have an AMD to help your loved ones tackle a difficult situation and to know your wishes.