I had always meant to have an advanced medical directive (living will & power of attorney) drawn up, but never bothered. The Schiavo case motivated me to get it done. There is even a section of the document that states that my power of attorney, acting in good faith with my wishes as stated in the document, cannot be prosecuted and/or sued. Every immediate family member has a signed, dated, witnessed (3 witnesses, cannot be related by blood, marriage, or adoption and they cannot have anything to gain), and notarized copy of the document. My doctor also has a copy that was placed in my medical records. As for the pain aspect, MORPHINE! Most living wills will have a section where you can specify if you do or do not want pain medications administered. I am only 24 years old, and hopefully there will never be the need to get the document out. If only poor Schiavo had written her wishes down, whatever they might have been, everyone could have peace.