What is a living will?

Last Updated On January 16, 2020

It is generally accepted that a patient has the right to refuse treatment even if such refusal may cause injury or death.

A “living will” can be defined as an advanced directive by a person to the effect that if at any time he should suffer from an incurable disease or injury, which cannot be successfully treated, life-sustaining treatment should be withheld and the patient left to die naturally. In other words, as soon as the person is not capable of instructing a doctor, the advanced directive in the form of the living will, will become relevant.

This makes the decision for the family and the doctor easier to switch off, for example, life-sustaining machines where the patient is braindead and there is no hope whatsoever that the person will recover. This can obviously prevent a lot of trauma and medical costs.

A living will therefore pertains to passive euthanasia.

It is important to rather have a living will as a separate document from your normal will to enable the living will to be handed to your doctor and family.

The living will can also provide for organ donation.

Volker Krüger 

U kan ‘n testamentinstruksievel hier voltoi: Testament Instruksievel / Will Instruction Sheet