The link above is to a commercial Web site (A & A Publishers) that makes available a full-text PDF of the book Hard Choices for Loving People by Hank Dunn. This book covers the most common medical treatment decisions faced by those who are living with a life-threatening illness. CPR (resuscitation efforts), artificial feeding, hospitalization of an ill person and shifting to a hospice approach are all considered in depth. Besides these most common treatment decisions, there are sections on ventilators, dialysis, antibiotics and pain control. Also, at the end of the chapters on CPR, Artificial Feeding and Comfort Care/Hospice there is a section on making these treatment choices for children.
The non-profit Aging with Dignity publishes this living will form with detailed guidelines for helping patients think about how they want to be treated if seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves. It includes medical, personal, emotional and spiritual needs and encourages people to discuss their wishes with their family and physician.