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Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Knives Out: Family Fighting After a Death An advance directive is not so much for you as it is for your survivors. It's a gift to your family. Without such directives, infighting and long simmering grivences may rear it's ugly head at a time when family cohesion as well as reflection, celebration and memorializing a departed loved one should be the focus. This is more likely to occur with the death of the last surviving parent. The family loses it last surviving patriarch or matriarch and is adrift. There is no longer a mediator and sage of tolerance and compromise for the family unit. Others may try to fill the roll rapidly but this may breed resentment as they may not be perceived by other family members as legitimate nor credible for the role. Issues related to finance, family, and fairness surface. This type of divisiveness if often the last thing that the departed would have wished for the family. Indeed, they may have spent their whole family life mediating and remedying such conflicts and would be disappointed that a life so endeavored was for naught. The advanced directive is a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them. When I inquire of my patients whether they have established advance directives, responses may be along the lines of “not yet,“ or “I’m not ready yet”—responses using the “I” pronoun. The issue may be reframed to that of, “would your family benefit from such directives if something unintended were to occur to you today?” This is not about the creator of the directives. The directive is for the family. Just as one spent one’s life self-sacrificing for the good of the family, these are instruments for the welfare of the family. Advance Directive forms in Texas:
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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