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Maybe if he had been given the opportunity to declare his living will, his family would have been able to honor his wishes instead of simply following our directives.

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Maybe if he had been given the opportunity to declare his living will, his family would have been able to honor his wishes, instead of simply following our directives

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"Maybe if he had been given the opportunity to declare his living will, his family would have been able to honor his wishes instead of simply following our directives." This sentence is correct. You needn't to use comma before instead always. We sometimes use instead as a preposition, in that case a comma isn't required. However, when we use instead as an adverb and in the beginning of the sentence, the comma is required. Example: I love literature. Instead, opted for computer science.

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