People who just graduated from high school or college often aren't thinking about the end of their life. For them, they are young and ready to start their careers or head off to further their education. Although most people will live a long and health life, sometimes accidents do occur. When a person is hospitalized and unable to make decisions for themselves, it is important that they can trust a family member to make those decisions for them. While many young people don't think they will ever end up in the hospital, a car accident or other event could change their lives.
Although it isn't pleasant to think about things like this, it can be very important that people of all ages, including those who might only be in their 20s, plan for the unexpected with a living will. People never know when they might end up in a position where they can't care for themselves, so it is important that people around them understand their wishes. Sometimes parents or siblings might think that they know what their family member would want to have done.
Whether it is an end of life decision or another crucial decision about their health care, it is important that people have documentation so there is no debate as to what the person who is ill or injured would want. Having a living will can help a family know the wishes of the person even if they aren't able to voice their opinion.
This document can not only prevent a family from debating what should be done, but it can help them understand that the decisions they make are the right ones.
Source: Marketplace, "The importance of living wills for singles," Tess Vigeland, Nov. 16, 2012