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Advance Directives Set Course for End-of-life Decisions

Posted on 05/09/2013

Billings Gazette: When Helen Fischer died of congestive heart failure, her family had a detailed road map to guide them. The 93-year-old mother of five had selected her coffin, the music, the poem and identified who would do what at her funeral mass.

She didn’t stop there; she also made her medical wishes clear.

In what would be the final 10 days of her life at St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health Inpatient Hospice Home, her family could tell the physicians that she did not want to have her life artificially prolonged.