Living Will

A Living Will is a document that contains a person’s express direction that no life-sustaining treatment be given when they are near death or permanently unconscious, without hope of recovery, and unable to actively participate in the decision-making process. The person’s attending physician or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) certifies the person’s near death or permanently unconscious status, unless the person expressly prohibits APRNs from having this authority. In this document, the person may authorize that artificial food and water also be withheld or withdrawn.

In New Hampshire, the living will is part of a form created by statute, the New Hampshire Advance Directive, which also includes the durable power of attorney for health care.