An advanced healthcare directive is created to outline the actions that are to be taken in the event of the incapacitation or death when the party in question is unable to speak for themselves. This directive is most commonly in the form of a living will but can include a power of attorney. The advance of medicine has allowed us to prolong life, creating an expensive, emotionally trying experience for loved ones and a potentially painful experience for the incapacitated. However, without the permission from the incapacitated (permission that would be impossible to receive) to stop life support, these situations would happen repeatedly, unnaturally extending life. With the development of advanced healthcare directives you are able to dictate your wishes when you are physically incapable of doing so. This is a difficult subject for many, and it should not be handled alone. We can discuss with you how to can entrust the decision to a loved one and learn more about detailing your wishes.