Living Wills

The battle over whether the comatose woman should live or die has struck a chord with families everywhere.

Since the Terri Schiavo case was catapulted into the hands of the legislature and the governor - phones at a Tallahassee non-profit agency have been ringing off the hook.

Everyone wants a copy of the Five Wishes living will, a will you can do without a lawyer and without a lot of money.

Eighty-three-year-old Mary Rini had a close call last month She was hospitalized, given last rites, and filling out a living will in her hospital bed.

"I didn't want to put that responsibility on my children. I want to make it as easy for them as possible,” Rini shares.

Phones here at aging with dignity are ringing off the hook with requests for the Five Wishes living will.

It’s received more than 2,000 calls in the past week, that’s 20 times the norm.

"People are saying 'We see this Terri Schiavo case and see how awful it is for her and everybody who loves her and we don't want it to happen in our family,” says Paul Malley.

Five Wishes is a basic living will that is legally binding in 35 states. It's the most requested living will in the country, and those requests are now coming from young and old.

"This isn't just for senior citizens and people who've been diagnosed with an illness, it's young people too who realize Terri Schiavo was just 26 when this happened to her."

Mary Rini and her daughter are breathing easier now that those "end of life" decisions are written down in black and white, and they hope more families will follow suit and avoid the fate of Terri Schiavo.

The living will covers a lot of ground, for instance, if I am in a coma and not expected to wake up or recover, three choices etc.

You can get Five Wishes for $5 (just to cover the cost of printing and mailing).

You can order it online at


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