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Unformatted text preview: Susan Martinez June 7, 2010 Psychology of Death and Dying Legal Comparison Assignment Durable Health Care Power of Attorney & Five Wishes Document In reading the Durable Health Care Power of Attorney document and Five Wishes living will, each had a list of characteristics that stood out to me, as the reader. The Durable Health Care Power of Attorney had more of a legal connotation to it. It was very straightforward in every topic. The Five Wishes living will document imposed a slightly more sensitive connotation on the reader. It displayed its issues with more sympathy. Both documents adhere to terms and conditions in the event to which an individual were unable to speak for themselves, but in the event of my inability to make decisions for myself due to illness, I would choose to complete a Five Wishes living will. The Five Wishes living will is more suitable to me because it focuses on more than just the legal aspect of death and dying than the Durable Health Care Power of Attorney . Five Wishes covers both the legal portion and humane care, including personal, emotional, and spiritual need, involved with death and dying. The Durable Health Care Power of Attorney document only covers medical instructions to be followed by the physician and health care agent. With Five Wishes , the document takes it a step further by specifically defining circumstances in which one would be unable to make decisions for themselves, such as being close to death, in a coma and not expected to wake up or recover, permanent and severe brain damage and not expected to recover, and other unspecified situations. It provides for the individual to clearly state what they would want in the occurrence of any of these situations, whether it is life support, no life support, or life support only under the condition that it could improve current health. In no life support, or life support only under the condition that it could improve current health....
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