What is an “advance directive”?
A health care advance directive is a written or oral statement made and witnessed in advance of serious illness or injury to address medical situations that may arise when a person becomes unable to make one’s own decisions. Executing an advance directive exercises good stewardship over the gift of life.
There are two forms of advance directives: the designation of health care surrogate, which authorizes a person to make decisions for the incapacitated patient, and the living will, which gives instructions to physicians and caregivers regarding medical care and treatment at the end of life. TheCatholic Declaration on Life and Death merges both forms into one directive.
For more information on Advance Directives, please read on:
Understanding The Catholic Declaration on Life and Death