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An Advance Health Care Directive (“AHCD”) is intended to be a written expression that you would prefer that no one go to extraordinary means to keep you alive if you were dying. 

There is nothing mandatory about the AHCD, or that requires anyone to do or not do anything.  The person(s) with your Power of Attorney, or the closest family member(s) will make the ultimate decision about life support measures. 

It is very important that you discuss your preferences about this subject with your family now, when there is no crisis, rather than having them guess about what you would want.  It is also good to have a clear understanding among all family members in order to avoid lasting conflict over different opinions at what is otherwise a difficult time.