We consistently hear feedback about how easy it is to make changes to your Keystone Digital Living Will. The fully electronic format enables instant updates, anywhere and at any time, without having to go back to your lawyer or pay fees to make changes.
If you haven’t ever created a living will, you may think of it as a one-time document you can set and forget. To be fair, you can set it and forget it if you’d like to. But it’s normal and very common to change your mind at different points in your life.
Here are 6 reasons that lots of people do decide to make changes to the end-of-life treatment decisions they’ve previously set forth in their living will.
- Marriage or Pregnancy
End-of-life healthcare doesn’t just affect you. It affects loved ones, too.
Would your spouse feel better knowing everything is being done to keep you alive as long as possible? Will your children be able to afford your medical bills?
While there are no right or wrong answers to these questions, and there may be other more important questions for you and your loved ones to answer, what we can say with certainty is this: changes in family structure often lead to changes in healthcare decisions.
We urge you to create your Keystone Digital Living Will with loved ones like your spouse so you can talk about the impacts of your choices and consider what’s best for both of you.
- Divorce or End of Relationship with a Spokesperson
Medical treatment preferences aren’t the only part of your living will that can change over time. You may also decide to choose a different spokesperson to communicate those medical decisions on your behalf.
Relationships change. We grow closer to some and farther from others—and events like a divorce, illness, or death can play a role in your choice of spokesperson.
Especially with divorce, it’s not uncommon to forget some of the paperwork that needs to be updated. Many individuals choose their spouse as their spokesperson, so a change in marital status means a change in your digital living will as well.
- Hospitalization of a Loved One
Thinking about serious medical treatments can be quite different than seeing them first-hand, especially if the patient is a loved one or close friend.
Being at a loved one’s side in a hospital setting may trigger you to start thinking about your own medical treatment preferences differently.
- Aging, Serious Illness, or Near-Death Experience
Thinking about end-of-life medical treatments is one thing when you’re very young, in perfect health, and have never been in an accident or traumatic experience.
Certain circumstances can make you think about life and death in a new perspective, which may lead to considering and favoring different end-of-life healthcare preferences.
- Religious, Spiritual, or Cultural Journey
Different groups of people think about death differently. Some people place ethical standards on certain end-of-life treatment options.
Let’s say you get back in touch with your religion, meet someone who sheds new light on your way of thinking, or travel to a region of the world where death is embraced instead of feared (or vice versa). This could lead to a very different set of medical preferences in your living will.
- Changes in Healthcare Technology
Isn’t it amazing how many medical advancements we’ve made in the past 20 years? 30 years? 40 years? 50?
No matter your current age, Improvements may be introduced to existing medical technology. The next medical breakthrough could be just around the corner.
Big changes in the medical field could lead to some pretty big changes to your living will.
To change your mind is human. We grow and change and change our minds, then change our minds again.
When it comes to medical choices, we give you the power to change your mind as many times as you’d like, for whatever reason, no questions asked.
With Keystone Digital Living Will, your healthcare is in your complete control. To get started today, visit KeystoneDigitalLivingWill.com.