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J R Soc Med. 2004 February; 97(2): 99.
PMCID: PMC1079312

A living will

Life's journey near its end. But how and where and when? The planets can't portend: it could be now or then.

If now, I'm not dismayed. I'm not afraid to die. My debts will all be paid, but sadlyno goodbye.

Pain holds for me no fears: In morphine's pledge I trust. So, loved onesshed no tears as I return to dust.

If sound of mind I am, with limbs confined to cot, all life support I can request witheldor not.

The only death I dread: a corpse with living heart by spoon or tube now fed; from life too loath to part.

My wishes I declare if thus it is I'm fated: Withhold forced food and air. Witnessed.... signed.... and dated....

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