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Q: Living Will for Atheists ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Living Will for Atheists
Category: Health
Asked by: dbcassell-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 16 Jun 2005 11:36 PDT
Expires: 16 Jul 2005 11:36 PDT
Question ID: 533930
I've studied examples of living wills for a while now, and I'm still
not happy with the possibility of my potential caregivers making
decisions about my healthcare based on their religious or moral
principles. I am an atheist and DON'T want decisions on my behalf made
on those grounds.  Can you find/suggest some example wordings to
include in my living will that will express my concerns?  Thanks

Request for Question Clarification by nenna-ga on 16 Jun 2005 12:11 PDT
I work at a law office and have a  form that says nothing about
religion.  I have a Power of Attorney and a Declaration page.  Would
the samples of what I have constitute and answer?


Request for Question Clarification by richard-ga on 16 Jun 2005 14:31 PDT
Can you tell us what US state you live in?
You wouldn't want to alter the form if doing so makes it unenforceable.

Request for Question Clarification by nenna-ga on 16 Jun 2005 18:57 PDT
Additionally, I have the statutes/laws for ALL states re: living
wills/power of attorneys and how they are filed, etc.


Clarification of Question by dbcassell-ga on 17 Jun 2005 05:58 PDT
nenna-ga: No, thanks. I've examined the standard "boiler-plate" forms
and they are not what I'm looking for.  I know that the legal steps.
I'm hoping to add a personal note (to my potential caregiver)
expressing my feelings BEYOND the legal aspects.

I'm a resident of Florida, BTW.
Subject: Re: Living Will for Atheists
Answered By: richard-ga on 17 Jun 2005 07:17 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hello and thank you for your question.

Happily, Florida makes it clear that one's living will need not follow
a presribed form, and even the Florida suggested form includes a space
to add additional instructions.

Here's a Florida form, to which I've added instructions suggested at
and some additional material of my own composition.

Florida Living Will (Florida Statutes section 765.303)  

Declaration made this _____ day of _____,  (year) , I, __________,
willfully and voluntarily make known my desire that my dying not be
artificially prolonged under the circumstances set forth below, and I
do hereby declare that, if at any time I am incapacitated and

 (initial)  I have a terminal condition 

or  (initial)  I have an end-stage condition 

or  (initial)  I am in a persistent vegetative state 

and if my attending or treating physician and another consulting
physician have determined that there is no reasonable medical
probability of my recovery from such condition, I direct that
life-prolonging procedures be withheld or withdrawn when the
application of such procedures would serve only to prolong
artificially the process of dying, and that I be permitted to die
naturally with only the administration of medication or the
performance of any medical procedure deemed necessary to provide me
with comfort care or to alleviate pain.

It is my intention that this declaration be honored by my family and
physician as the final expression of my legal right to refuse medical
or surgical treatment and to accept the consequences for such refusal.

If I am in a medical facility/hospital that is supported by a
religious denomination I must be moved to an alternative secular
facility immediately, regardless of my condition. It must be made
clear to all medical staff dealing with me that I do not believe in a
god, therefore I do not believe in miracles or "acts of god." It must
also be made clear to all medical staff that my non-beliefs, as they
affect my treatment, supersede their beliefs, therefore, they may not
impinge their beliefs on their choice of treatment for me.

Additionally, I do not want to be visited, whether I am conscious or
unconscious, by any priest, rabbi, chaplain or equivalent of any
denomination, and medical personnel should honor my wishes and refrain
from invoking any blessings or prayers at my passing.

I understand the full import of this declaration, and I am emotionally
and mentally competent to make this declaration.

In the event that I have been determined to be unable to provide
express and informed consent regarding the withholding, withdrawal, or
continuation of life-prolonging procedures, I wish to designate, as my
surrogate to carry out the provisions of this declaration:




____________________________________ Zip Code:__________ 










Search terms used
atheist "living will"

I hope this meets your expectations.  If you would like me to add
further clarification of your wishes, let me know what you have in
mind and I'll be happy to do so.

Google Answers Researcher

Clarification of Answer by richard-ga on 17 Jun 2005 07:22 PDT
I trust the Powers That Google will excuse my adding the following
link to my Answer:
Get Your War On
dbcassell-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Richard-GA: Thanks. I already had the link to "dying an atheist", but
I appreciate the help.  Thanks.  Maybe the info I wanted just doesn't

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