|Medical Directives can reflect faith in Christ|
Life is unpredictable and Scripture teaches us that there is a time appointed time for each of us to die. None of us knows when that time will come. When disease or accident threaten life, families can be thrown into the emotion and stress of making life and death decisions without warning. As Christians who are 'pro-life' we are wise to provide directives for our families and doctors that honor God's ownership of our lives and give witness to our trust in His provision for us even beyond death. The principles that guide us are that we will neither hasten death or prolong life by burdensome treatments when there is no hope of recover. Always we will provide care, comfort and nutrition.
Below is some guidance from Christian Life Resources:
A medical directive, regardless of when it is signed, takes effect when you are deemed unable to make or communicate your own decisions. For that reason, you don't need to wait until you are old or terminally ill to complete one. There are two types of medical directives - living wills and powers of attorney for health care (POAHC). A living will is a what document, because it attempts to describe the care or treatment that you wish. A POAHC is a who document, because it states the name of the person you want to make medical decisions on your behalf when you cannot make them yourself. At CLR, and in many medical circles, a POAHC is the preferred document. When completing a POAHC, you need to fill in the blanks that are provided in the document. For example, you need to write your name, address, and date for identification purposes. Then you must designate the person to make decisions for you if you become unable to make them on your own. This person is called your agent, proxy, or surrogate. We recommend the selection of at least one alternate to serve in that capacity in case the primary person is unable or unwilling to serve. You also need to sign the document and date it. Make sure you sign the document in the presence of two witnesses or a notary (state statutes differ as to whether you need a notary's signature). For this article in full visit this link.
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