Learn From The Munoz’s Health Care Directive
In late 2013 and early 2014, the Munoz family became part of a national debate regarding health care directives. The majority of the discussion revolved around the fate of the unborn child of a brain dead wife and mother, Marlise Munoz. While this case was an extreme and unusual case, it brought to light the need for everyone to have a professionally written health care directive.
Prior to this case, there were probably very few health care directives that included this particularly unlikely scenario. However, the content of a homemade health care directive and the content of one written by an estate attorney can be the difference between a peaceful end of life and one filled with familial conflict. Regardless of your religious views on life and death issues, creating a comprehensive end of life plan will ensure that you will not be the subject of guilt, regret, or conflict.
A good estate attorney will ask you a series of questions about various medical scenarios. (It’s likely your lawyer will now include the scenario brought to light by the Munoz family.) With the ever-advancing state of medical care, you will have more and more options as to how you would like to live if you became incapacitated. Be prepared for some difficult questions about various quality of life issues. In fact, you should request a list of those questions from your lawyer before sitting down and providing answers.
The Munoz family had been responsible in having a thorough conversation with each other about end of life issues. Now, go one step further for yourself. See an estate lawyer.
Source: Miller, Tracy. December 23, 2013. “Texas man wants pregnant wife taken off life support” New York Daily News