We've gone over some of the resources you should consult when making a living will -- friends, family, people who have experienced severe illnesses, lawyers, and even legal Web sites. But your doctor can play a key role in discussions that lead to the creation of a living will. It is your doctor who can speak with you about what might be expected from a particular diagnosis, or how to alter your living will to reflect your changing medical condition.
Your doctor can also refer you to specialists or tell you if an ongoing treatment plan no longer seems viable. He or she can advise you on how to discuss these complex issues with your family. Some doctors even provide a form on which you can fill out the details of your living will.
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