End of life decisions are often put to the side until it is too late for a person to make those decisions on their own. Part of the reason why end of life decisions are put on the back-burner is because people do not like to face the reality that their death is coming upon them. People like to avoid the subject because it is easier to ignore death than to face it. By ignoring death it makes the process harder on families when there is no advance directive in place to tell everyone how they want their body disposed of or what to do incase they cannot make their own decisions anymore. By having an advance directive, a person can decide in advance what they would want to be done once they die or if they become unable to make decisions on their own. In many cases, having an advance directive prevents family disputes because members of a patients family will not argue over what they want to be done because you have already written it in your advance directive.
By planning early, patients are presented an opportunity to consult with their health care providers and personal physicians. This can help the patient understand what treatments will be given to them and whether or not they want to endure those treatments if it will only just prolong death. In many cases people choose Do Not Resuscitate because they know that no treatment can cure them and they would rather die peacefully than undergo numerous treatments. This also helps to reduce financial stress on families because the extra treatments can add up to thousands of dollars. It is up to the patient to question what is being done to them and if it is really worth it to undergo all the extra treatments and procedures.
Ultimately, a person should plan in advance what they want their end of life decisions to be in order to relieve the stress during the end of life process. Every person has the right to choose how they want to undergo the end of life process and it is their responsibility to talk to their health care providers for advice and recommendations on how to deal with the situation, and the realistic chance of survival. Advance directives can effectively make the end of life process a lot easier on not only the patient but also their family, and should be looked into more often.