So yesterday I went to my lawyer to draw up my will. Not that I plan on dying anytime soon but I am a firm believer in making things as easy as possible for those you leave behind.
The lawyer asked me if I wanted a living will and I told her I did. I don’t want any heroic efforts made to hook me up to a machine and force my body to respond if the more obvious choice would be to let me die. I am not afraid to die. I only am saddened to think about those I will leave behind.
Then she asked me if I wanted an Organ Donation clause included and I told her that I did. Since I got my driver’s license I’ve indicated I want to be an organ donor so having it all legal in my will sounded like a good idea.
Then she asked me if I wanted a euthanasia clause. I had no idea what this was so I asked her to see the specific wording so I could see what it said.
Basically, it says if euthanasia is legal in the state where I reside that I or my spouse will have the choice to either do it myself or say that we want to be let go if we are terminally ill.
I thought it over and decided that while it is not legal in Alabama and probably won’t be anytime soon that I would indeed like to have that option if it came right down to it. I probably wouldn’t do it but I would like the choice there.
I made the mistake of mentioning this to my mother last night and she is horrified. She cannot believe I would agree to such a thing and strongly urged me to reconsider before I sign the final paperwork.
Why do you think someone would be so opposed? I explained to her that I doubted it would matter anyway because it more than likely won’t be legal in my state. (I did not tell her that within this clause there is specific wording that says if it is illegal in my state that I can be transported to a state where it is legal if I or my spouse so choose).