Halachic Health Care Directives
An educational program on what a halachic health care proxy/“living will” is, the importance of having a halachic health care proxy. A halachic health care proxy/“living will” should be prepared by adults of all ages as illness and accidents do not discriminate with age. An example of the importance of having such a form recently took place where a major hospital insisted on putting a “DNR” on a frum female patient over the objections of her adult son because the hospital claimed that she told them, before she lapsed into a state of being unable to communicate her wishes, that she wanted a DNR. Because the son had nothing in writing, it was hard for him to refute this. This situation would not have developed if a written directive would have been in place and easily accessible.