EWTN Catholic Q&A
Helping someone with a living will
Question from Anonymous on 04-08-2014:

I'm a practicing attorney, and a Christian.

A number of my clients have asked me to help them write living wills. Some of these clients ask that, under certain circumstances, they do not want to receive nutrition and hydration.

What is my proper role in this? I believe that a decision not to receive nutrition and hydration is morally wrong. If I help someone write a living will that says they do not want to receive nutrition or hydration, am I participating in something evil?

I am interested in what your thoughts are.

Answer by Judie Brown on 04-11-2014:

Dear Anonymous

In writing such a document I would apply Catholic principles such as those enunciated in American Life League's LOVING WILL. For details see http://www.all.org/article/index/id/MjQ5NA

Judie Brown

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