Living Will

An advanced decision, more commonly known as a living will is a document detailing your wishes if you are not able to express them. It helps family and friends make decisions about your health on your behalf, in accordance with your requests.

Guide to setting up a living will


Why do I need an advance decision?

It allows you to be in control of your care even if you can not express it, removes ambiguity or stress from your loved ones.


The areas a living will covers

Treatment you do or do not want in the event of specific medical conditions such as brain disorders or terminal illness. What is covered in a living will


What will it not cover

You can not choose specific treatments or anything illegal such as euthanasia or removal of essential care.


How to complete one

Download a template, discuss with loved ones then complete the template, sign it in front of witnesses and make it easy to find for loved ones and also ambulance crew.

Living Will template

Fill in a template created by 'compassion in dying', ensure you discuss with loved ones and get it signed.

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Mental capacity

The ability for someone to make their own decisions.

Living will

the old term no longer legally binding for an Advanced Decision.

Advanced statement

This is a document that details your wishes if you are ill, it can be used in conjunction with a power of attorney so they know your values and preferences for care.

Advanced decision

Previously known as a living will, it is a legally binding document where you can express your wishes when you get seriously ill. This needs to be done when you have the mental capacity to do this. If you have been diagnosed with a serious illness or if you are advancing in age this may become very important.

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