Adam has the right idea here, although he puts a distinctly humorous slant on it.
I’m going to be a bit more serious about it.
Let’s make it perfectly clear here …
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I David Michael Gibbs, being of sound mind and body (more or less), do hear-by state the following for the official record:
Should I ever be incapacitated, through injury or illness, to such an extent that I am unable to communicate at any level and the quality of my life is such that I am unable to enjoy it at a reasonable level, I wish that all extraordinary measures be withdrawn so that I may die with dignity. It is my fervent wish that I do not be come a burden on those who I love.
Since the above condition precludes my own participation in the decision process, the sole arbiter of my disposition shall be my wife: Virginia (Ginny) Elaine Gibbs. I would hope that she consult with, and consider advice from, everyone materially involved with my life and the situation (parents, siblings, friends, doctors, etc). I specifically forbid any legal body (court or legislature) from becoming involved, or trying to alter, the decision process.
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Phew … that was a mouthful.
In all seriousness … I do NOT want anything like the Terri Schiavo garbage going on if I’m in a similar situation.
Update 24-March-2005: I signed the statement with GnuPG so the statement can be verified in the future. You will need my my public key to verify it.