In the past five years, four out of 10 Americans had a friend or relative suffer from a terminal illness or go into a coma. Most of them had to deal with the medical crisis along with the issue of withholding life-sustaining treatment. Unfortunately, waiting until there’s a medical emergency is often too late. At that point, many patients are unable to communicate their wishes.
There is now a web site,www.nhdd.org, where you’ll find free advance directives forms for every state, along with other resources.
Some topics are hard to talk about, but as I tell my young children, the easy approach doesn't make it the right approach.
I agree with this op ed, communicate your thoughts, do an advance directive.