2.  Living Will

NOTE: This page shows Part 2 of a typical Advance Directive. See Part 1 (Appointment of Health Care Agent or Proxy) and Part 3 (After Death Wishes).

The Living Will portion of your Advance Directive is the actual document where you express your health care decisions involving end-of-life care, and detail your preferences in the event of:

  • a terminal condition
  • a persistent vegetative state (permanent unconsciousness)
  • or an end stage condition which is an advanced, progressive, and incurable (resulting in complete physical dependency).

You preferences can include how you would like to utilize the use of life sustaining treatments, medical interventions, and pain management, and also provides you with the opportunity  to express what is most important to you religiously, spiritually, or morally during the last part of your life.

What is a MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form and how is different from an Advance Directive?

A MOLST or Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form does not replace Advance Directives, but it can be part of your Advance Directives.

An Advance Directive is something that you draft and sign, and then share with your health professionals, family members, etc. An Advance Directive does not require a specific form and many people complete them on-line. An Advance Directive includes a lot of comprehensive information about what kind of medical treatment you would like, and how you would like to be treated in the event you cannot speak for yourself.

A MOLST, on the other hand, is a standardized medical form that is completed and issued by your physician regarding the specific issue of life sustaining treatment. If you determine that you do not want emergency medical services personnel to try to resuscitate you in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest, your health professional will discuss this will you and complete the specific MOLST form that will be included your medical records.