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    What is a "living will"?
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    The expression "living will" is sometimes used to refer to a document in which you write down what you want to happen if you become ill and can't communicate your wishes about treatment. It is quite common, for example, for people to write a "living will" saying that they do not want to be kept alive on artificial life supports if they have no hope of recovery. The term "advance directive" is also frequently used to refer to such a document. Some people use the phrase "proxy directive" to describe a document that combines a Power of Attorney and a "living will".
    To find out more about living wills and related matters you may wish to refer to the various materials that are available in bookstores and libraries on the subject.

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