Why Understanding Brain Death is Important For Incapacity Planning

The recent story of Oakland area teenager Jahi McMath, as well as the story of Marlise Munoz, has once again focused media attention on the concept of brain death. When it comes to creating an estate plan, and especially an incapacity plan, brain death is a key concept. Unfortunately, it is also a concept that not a lot of people understand very well. Few of us have any training in medical terminology and treatment, so taking the time to study terms such as brain death is essential if we want to make knowledgeable choices. Brain Complexity To better understand the concept of brain death, it might be useful to look at it, and the idea of death in general, by using a metaphor. Viewed in one way, humans are brains piloting their bodies. Our brains allow us to do everything from thinking, planning, and experiencing emotions, to allowing our hearts to beat, our lungs to breathe, and our muscles to move. Without our brains our bodies would not function. Our brains are comprised of many diff


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