Planning for the sunset of your life
The Principles behind a Living Will
The Legal Aspect
The Religious Aspect
Guidelines for Medical Practitioners

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The Living Will

There's only one thing more traumatic than losing a loved one... It's expecting your FAMILY or your DOCTOR to make an agonising end-of-life decision, on your behalf.

Every South African has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment. Should you be incapable of voicing your non-consent to unnecessary artificial life-support when dying,

Living Wills are available worldwide. Protect yourself by signing a Living Will accepted in the country in which you live.

Almost every country in the world has its own version of a Living Will (or Advance Directive), each version being based upon the laws of the particular country.

The Living Will is based upon the concept of "informed Consent" which is a patient's Common Law and Constitutional Right in South Africa.

Please click here for a
free Living Will (in English)
Filesize: 33KB

Please click here for a
free Living Will (in Afrikaans)
Filesize: 33KB

Suggestions on what to do with your signed and witnessed Living Will:

  1. Keep your Living Will at home, in an easy-to-find place.
  2. Hand your Living Will to your family doctor.
  3. Take your Living Will with you, if you are admitted as an in-patient at any hospital or hospice.
  4. Hand your living Will to the matron or sister-in-charge of your home for the aged or frail-care-facility.
  5. Hand your Living Will to the management of your retirement complex.
  6. Hand your Living Will to family members or close friends. If you are unconscious when dying, you entrust them to hand your Living Will to the treating doctor/s when you yourself cannot.

Anyone interested in getting facts about how health care professionals are compelled to act with regard to a Living Will, should visit to download the HPCSA Booklet 12 re: Guidelines for the Withholding and Withdrawing of Treatment