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'I Want to Die Naturally, With Only Comfort Care'
Posted on: 8/15/2018

A living will is one type of advance directive that ensures life-sustaining treatment will not be imposed on patients who might not want it.

Illinois law gives individuals the right to execute a living will, instructing their physician to withhold or withdraw death-delaying procedures in the event of a terminal illness.

Learn more with ISMS' medical legal guideline, A Physician's Guide to Advance Directives: Living Wills.* This resource includes a comprehensive Q&A, a definitions section and a sample living will form.

To help you "break the ice" as you invite your patients to discuss their future health care wishes, ISMS offers a helpful resource. Our A Personal Decision as a free download booklet includes practical information; sample forms, including a living will; and guidance on advance directives – current with Illinois law. Plus, ISMS members can order up to 300 print copies per year free of charge – contact us to order. 

ISMS also offers other resources for physicians on advance directives: 

A Physician's Guide to Advance Directives: Health Care Surrogates*

A Physician's Guide to Advance Directives: Organ Donation*

A Physician's Guide to Advance Directives: Power of Attorney for Health Care*

Questions? ISMS members may contact the ISMS Legal Department at 800-782-4767 ext. 6485 or send an email.

All of these resources are for educational purposes only.

*These ISMS medical legal guidelines are member benefits and are password protected.

If you need to request a username and password, contact online support at 888-476-7776 or onlinehelp@isms.org between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests are answered promptly the next business day. You may also register online or retrieve your username or password.

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