Many people choose to get a living will, which is a form of advance medical directive. A living will is designed to deal with end-of-life decisions. This document is also known as a “healthcare proxy,” because it speaks for you when you can no longer speak for yourself. Many people would not want to be kept alive on a ventilator, while others may have specific requests about whether they would want to be kept alive with feeding tubes. An advance directive can put these wishes in writing so that doctors and family can easily carry out your wishes when the time comes. This can often avoid a lot of emotional issues and fighting, especially at a time that may be highly sensitive for loved ones.