Living Wills

A living will is a declaration that allows a person to state his wishes regarding life-prolonging procedures. These procedures often are not expected to cure a terminal condition but only prolong the dying process, such as the use of a ventilator and CPR. In some states, life-prolonging medical procedures may be withheld or withdrawn if terminally ill, in an end-stage condition, or in a persistent vegetative state. A person may also specify whether to maintain nutrition and hydration (food and water) through artificial means if it would only serve to prolong an inevitable death.