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Life and Death Instructions
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD; Isadora R Rosenbaum, MA; Debra Marks, PhD; Sabrina Selim, MD; Thomas Addison, MD; Joanna Beam, JD; Meryl Brod, PhD; David Claman, MD; Alan J. Coleman, MD; Malin Dollinger, MD; Michael Glover; Nancy Lambert, RN, BSN; Elmo Petterle; Patricia Sparacino, RN, MS, Jeffrey Silberman, Dmin; Kenneth A Woeber, MD

A means of achieving the freedom to focus on the present is to communicate your desires about life and death. Whether you want to be resuscitated if you have no chance of regaining a reasonable quality of life, and what you want done with your remains. In the former instance, you need only to sign a durable power of attorney with specific instructions to your medical team. In the latter case, you will want to leave written instructions for your family and friends as to whether you wish to be cremated and how you want your ashes or remains be handled; whether you want a funeral service; and so on. If you don't have a will for the disposition of your estate, this is a good time to get that out of the way as well. (You can always change it later.) The act of leaving instructions on these matters is a gift to those you love.

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