One of the things that I have learned in this time is that I want a “living will!” This means that I will decide now what will happen to me when I can no longer make decisions about my health care.

When Dad had his stroke he was totally incapacitated. He could not talk, could not follow instructions, and could not swallow food or drink. The doctors explained that he had had a stroke. He had a bleed or clot that was 1 inch by 4 inches. His chances for recovery were very, very unlikely.

The only chance was to wait for weeks or months and hope that the clot would be absorbed by the body. Until then he would need a feeding tube and an IV. They would do therapy to keep his one good side moving though he could not move it himself.

In 1998 Dad had filled out a living will. In that will he stated that he did not want to be hooked to machines. He did not want to have his life artificially preserved.

This will helped us a great deal. We knew what he wanted. It was very obvious that Dad could not survive. The doctors wanted to hook him to machines and put him in a nursing home hoping that he would some day recover.

Dad is 80 years old. He has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. They could offer no hope for improvement or life even after hooking him up with feeding tubes, etc.

The living will allows me to make decisions now just like my dad did. It allows me to take the pressure off of my wife and children when that moment comes. No matter what it will still be tough but I can do something to relieve them.

You also will need a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

I challenge you to research both of these ideas. I will write more later but my dad had made every preparation possible.

He first knew for sure what his eternal future was because he placed his faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Then he had made the living will and power of attorney.

Then he had even planned his funeral and paid for it all.

More to come on hospice, the living will, and getting the funeral preparations ready.

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