Completing your advance directive is only the first step in making your wishes known. It is important for you to take the next steps to ensure that your family, health care agent, physician, pastor or priest, and others are aware of your wishes and their role in implementing the advance directive(s). Following are additional actions to take once you have completed your advance directive(s):
Make several photocopies of the completed documents.
Keep the original documents in a safe but easily accessible place, and tell others where you put them; you can note on the photocopies the location where the originals are kept.
Do not keep advance directives in a safe deposit box. Other people may need access to them.
Give photocopies to your agent and alternate agent.
Be sure your doctors have copies of your advance directives and give copies to everyone who might be involved with your health care, such as your family, clergy, or friends. Your local hospital might also be willing to file your advance directives in case you are admitted in the future.