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Withdrawing Specific Treatments

The advance directive specifically names several treatments that may be withdrawn if the patient is terminal. In filling out the living will, you are saying that any or all of these treatments can be removed if you are terminal and if these don’t assist with pain control. If you ALWAYS want artificial nutrition and hydration, even if you are permanently unconscious, then cross out that line and initial it. Cross out any treatment that you always want in every circumstance and initial it. (Most people do not cross out any of the treatments.)